Natalie Morris, School of Public Health
As part of the Bixby Center’s USAID West Africa Evidence for Development project, Natalie Morris traveled to Lomé, Togo for 10 weeks to assist with the implementation and monitoring of data collection for two operations research (OR) projects. These ORs examined the impact of the USAID programs AgirPF (family planning) and PACTE-VIH (HIV/AIDS). Her primary focus was in family planning, where she participated in developing the data collection tools, training data collectors, and building the data entry forms for the health facility and household surveys. Natalie also began a mapping component of the project in order to assess contamination by other programs within the study sample areas. For the HIV OR, Natalie contributed to the preparatory aspects of data collection and participated in conducting surveys with English-speaking female sex workers. Natalie is continuing on as a Research Assistant with the Bixby Center to participate in analyzing the data from her summer internship.