Panel experts frame existing challenges and opportunities for collective metrics to improve program efficiency and quality of health care.  This panel will discuss common elements as well as systematic gaps in impact measurement. Debate will be grounded in real life examples including review of evidence-based studies, cross-sector partnerships, open reporting and efforts in standardization.

Chair: Juliemarie Vander Burg, Senior Director, Global Health Policy, PQMD


·       Doug Fountain, Executive Director, Christian Connections for International Health

·       Richard Laing, Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

·       Daniele Lantagne, Associate Professor, Tufts University

·       Michael Thatcher, President & CEO, Charity Navigator

Juliemarie Vanderburg, Senior Director of Global Policy for PQMD, moderates the Collective Impact panel.

Metrics need collaboration and commitment. Working together to build layers of evidence is essential to determine impact and improve quality and access to healthcare. As we continue to explore ways to cultivate these partnerships it is important to create a common shared language around metrics and methodology.

PQMD is uniquely positioned to foster these partnerships and collaborations by creating collective impact coalitions to help understand what we can do within the M&E space and how we can improve.

Many organizations are monitoring their work that and how donations are being delivered but fewer than 30% are doing any kind of meaningful evaluations. As a result, PQMD created a committee to address this and produced V 1.1 of a toolkit developing a list of preliminary indicators and focusing on disaster response, health systems strengthening and condition specific treatments.  Case studies were provided involving both corporate and NGO partners receiving feedback helping to move the process forward. By creating the toolkit and a community of practice around metrics we can share best practices and identify barriers to practice.

Trust is key in every successful partnership. There is a fear that sharing data may impede funding streams. By changing the approach to funding to include M&E and using data anonymously we can create transparency and build capacity to help develop a sector and to find long-term solutions that will transform impact assessment.​

M&E is a theory of change. To determine key factors in the development of metrics transformation within the next five years we need to create a participatory process with a common format and key core indicators. Sharing the methodology must be as important as sharing the data to move the needle forward.