The Social Franchising Metrics Working Group has been hard at work over the past few years to identify, test, and build technical assistance tools to support health programs to better measure their public health performance. These tools are intended to be practical, relevant for supporting operational decisions, and perhaps best of all, they are not cumbersome to administer.
On January 28, the first set of tools will be presented via webinar on Equity measurement and will include everything a health program needs to know and have to measure the wealth distribution of clients.
All are welcome. Register here.
This toolkit, sponsored by the International Finance Corporation, includes concise video and text tutorials to help program personnel understand how to conduct a study, sample, train data collectors, administer the survey, enter data, analyze it, and interpret results. The toolkit also includes a planning worksheet, a pre-programmed sampling calculator, country-specific surveys for 40 countries, a training curriculum for data collectors, and a pre-programmed data analysis tool (this means the end-user does not need to know statistical analysis in order to be able to run data and generate findings.)
About the metric:
We are advising that clinical social franchise programs measure equity using this metric: the proportion of clients receiving franchised services that are within the two lowest national wealth quintiles (the bottom 40%). But this metric is applicable to many other health programs as well. It basically allows a program to understand if the poorer segments of the local population are making use of its health services or not. The measurement method was pioneered as part of the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) process, and measures wealth through asset ownership and certain household characteristics. This method is tested (having been used for the DHS process on many, many occasions), allows for analysis by sub-populations, enables a program to understand if the bottom 40% in a country are being reached, and is comparatively inexpensive to administer.
We are also developing metrics and measurement methods for other areas of public performance. Learn more here.