The Bixby Center has partnered with International Business and Technical Consultations under USAID’s Evidence for Development (E4D). E4D is a five-year, $13.5 million dollar award funded by the USAID/West Africa (WA) Regional Health Office (RHO). E4D is built around three intermediate results:
- Operations research (OR) and triangulation activities;
- Capacity building of regional and local institutions to implement OR and evaluations, and;
- Dissemination of research and evaluation findings locally, regionally and internationally.
The E4D activity aims to provide evidence in HIV/AIDS and family planning to inform policy advocacy and program planning, including resource allocation. Capacity building interventions and assessments are woven throughout the life of E4D to build a cadre of personnel and institutions capable of conducting rigorous OR and evaluation studies. USAID/WA’s RHO reaches 21 countries in West and Central Africa, all of which have access to the E4D activity. The initial focus is on six target countries, namely: Togo, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Cameroon and Mauritania.
Under the E4D activity, Bixby will design and implement two multi-country OR studies in Togo and Burkina Faso. The first OR will provide evidence on improving delivery and uptake of family planning services through supply-side strategies. The second OR will provide evidence on the role of cell-phone based information and communications technology (ICT) and social media in improving HIV knowledge, outreach, and linkage to prevention, treatment and care among key populations, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM) and commercial sex workers (CSW) and their clients.
- February 2016 – Professors Prata and Auerswald traveled to Togo and Burkina Faso to convene stakeholders and reach consensus on research goals and objectives.
- April 2016 – Bixby will be leading a regional workshop to build institutional capacity to develop and conduct rigorous OR.
- June 2016 – Bixby will be begin implementation of the OR studies in Togo and Burkina Faso.