MEASURE Evaluation awarded $15 million USAID grant

July 02, 2013
MEASURE Evaluation, a consortium of organizations led by UNC’s Carolina Population Center, has received an award from the U.S. Agency for International Development for work in South Africa valued at $15 million over five years.

Dr. Jim Thomas (Photo by Denise Ammons)

Dr. Jim Thomas (Photo by Denise Ammons)

The consortium is the USAID Global Health Bureau’s primary vehicle for supporting improvements in international monitoring and evaluation of health-related programs and policies. MEASURE staff members help countries identify data needs, create systems for data collection, and use the data for decision-making in public health programs.

The new award supports the South African government and the implementing partners of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to improve strategic information for evidence-based management of HIV and related health programs.

“Overall, this project will result in stronger, more comprehensive and more sustainable health information systems in South Africa,” said James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at Gillings School of Global Public Health and MEASURE Evaluation director. “Better information will lead to better public health programs and better health for the country’s population.”

Jason Smith, PhD, MEASURE Evaluation’s deputy director, will serve as principal investigator for the grant.

MEASURE Evaluation currently works in more than 30 countries. In addition to the Carolina Population Center, its partners include John Snow Inc., ICF International, Futures Group, Tulane University and Management Sciences for Health.


Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or