m4QI: SMS for Learning, Assessment and Performance Support

1,745 views

Published on

Published in: Technology, Business
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,745
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
8
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
12
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

m4QI: SMS for Learning, Assessment and Performance Support

  1. 1. m4QI: SMS for Learning, Assessmentand Performance SupportJames Bon Tempo, JhpiegoPamela Riley, Abt AssociatesMarch 23, 2011 SHOPS is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Abt Associates leads the project in collaboration with Banyan Global JhpiegoAbt Associates Inc. Marie Stopes International Monitor Group O’Hanlon Health Consulting
  2. 2. Contents: m4QI• m4QI Overview and Objectives• m4QI Implementing Partners• m4QI Background: Why was tool developed• m4QI Implementation: What is being done • Content development • Platform development • Delivery • Evaluation• m4QI Replication: How others can use
  3. 3. m4QI = Mobiles for Quality Improvement
  4. 4. m4QI Overview and Objectives• Objectives are to design, deploy and evaluate a mobile phone-based learning platform for FP providers • Increase adherence to clinical protocols • Affect positive behavioral change in service delivery • Identify competencies in need of strengthening • Improve effectiveness of supportive supervision and follow-up.• The application is intended to be scalable and replicable, targeting users of low-end phone and those without access to internet• Core-funded through USAID’s Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS)
  5. 5. m4QI Implementing Partners• Abt Associates: Project management• Jhpiego: Design and implementation• Marie Stopes Uganda: Deployment, monitoring• Appfrica: Software developer• FrontlineSMS: Technical support
  6. 6. m4QI Background• Problem statement: need for a cost-effective means for reinforcing training of field staff, improve quality of FP service delivery• Solution: mhealth application to send SMS tips and quizzes • Leverage ubiquitous access to mobile phones, low cost SMS • Text messages provide timely and targetted training content, works with low end phones, “no internet” settings• Adapt FrontlineSMS platform to add functionality targetting identified groups of “learners” • FrontlineSMS platform is free, easy to use, widely available • Assessment feature allows supervisors to provide targeted remediation, follow-up training
  7. 7. m4QI Implementation: Content development• Assess the gaps: m4QI team met with Marie Stopes clinical team, trainers, and M&E staff to identify indicators • Target behaviors with inconsistent adherence to clinical guidelines • Applicable to broad cross-section of staff (e.g. client care, infection prevention)• Develop content: Utilize language from training manuals, in 160 characters • First step is identifying why behavior not routinely done, why important to provider and client
  8. 8. m4QI Platform: FrontlineSMS:Learn• RFP process to identify local programmer • Local capacity building with support from FrontlineSMS global organization• FrontlineSMS plug-in to add features: • Bank of messages to be delivered by topic • Quizzes (multiple choice, T/F) with automated responses • Reports on messages delivered, received, questions answered correctly• Future functionality will include peer-to-peer platform
  9. 9. m4QI Delivery and Evaluation• Six locations Marie Stopes Uganda • Total 30 pilot users including all staff functions from doctors to receptionists • Three Outreach Teams, three Health Centres• Pilot will be conducted over 8 week period April – June, 2011 • Pre-testing with users to address technical bugs, ease of use, content comprehension• Qualitative research to be conducted for process evaluation• Final report July 2011
  10. 10. Replicability• Final report will detail process steps for implementation by other programs• FrontlineSMS:Learn is open source, free• SHOPS plans in future to apply in context of non- networker private sector providers • Address challenges of isolation, limited training, support for quality improvement • Will include quantitative impact evaluation
  11. 11. jbontempo@jhpiego.netpamela_riley@abtassoc.comwww.shopsproject.org SHOPS is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Abt Associates leads the project in collaboration with Banyan Global JhpiegoAbt Associates Inc. Marie Stopes International Monitor Group O’Hanlon Health Consulting

×