Menzies Centre for Health Policy
Using Theory of Change to design and evaluate a complex mental health intervention in five low and middle- income countries: the case of PRIME
Developing and evaluating the implementation of complex health interventions into routine health services in low and middle income countries is challenging. This presentation will explore how Theory of Change, a monitoring and evaluation approach, strengthened the design and evaluation of a complex health intervention (PRIME) which aimed to integrate mental health into primary health in districts or sub-districts in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda. Erica will describe how PRIME used Theory of Change to co-develop district level mental healthcare plans with stakeholders to ensure local relevance within each implementation site while providing an overall framework for evaluation across sites. She will reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of this approach in the context of the evaluation of complex health interventions in global health.

Speaker: Dr Erica Breuer, Conjoint Lecturer, University of Newcastle

For  the last 10 years Erica has worked in Cape Town, South Africa on studies applying and further developing theory-driven evaluation approaches in the design and evaluation of complex health interventions. This includes her work with  STRiDe Strengthening Dementia Responses in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (PI: Prof Martin Knapp, London School of Economics, UK) and PRIME Programme for Improving Mental Healthcare, a multi-country research programme which aims to develop, implement, evaluate and scale up mental healthcare plans in five low and middle income countries (PI: Prof Crick Lund, Kings College London, UK, and University of Cape Town). Erica has recently returned to live in Australia.
Thursday, 14 February 2019
12 noon - 1 pm
Level 6 Seminar Room
Charles Perkins Centre
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006
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