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Thursday, September 28 • 3:45pm - 4:10pm
Millions Saved: Proven Successes and Some Disappointments in Global Health

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Many health programs are judged on their intermediate outputs—the number of prenatal care visits or the number of vaccine doses purchased—without a direct assessment of health impact. At the same time, many low- and middle-income countries are seeing rapid improvement in other drivers of health, such as girls’ education, urbanization, and economic growth. To make sure that our investments are making a difference for health, rigorous impact evaluation is key. Why so important? Because if we knew that health would have improved even without a health intervention, the money could have been better spent elsewhere. Join Amanda Glassman, a leading expert on evidence in the health sector, who will discuss her work on Millions Saved -- gathering and analyzing 22 large-scale programs with rigorous evaluations to learn more about what works, and how evaluations have helped to grow the scale of programs and their impact.


Despite the real progress that has been made in the world of impact evaluation, many needed types of data are unavailable. For instance, cost-effectiveness is important to many donors and policymakers who want to know if the health gained is worth the cost of the program—and scarce health dollars. Yet few studies reported empirical estimates of cost-effectiveness; the Millions Saved team had to derive the other estimates from modelling and secondary sources. And some categories of intervention—for example, those against non-communicable diseases—remain woefully under-evaluated.

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Amanda Glassman

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Amanda Glassman is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and also serves as secretary of the board. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health, as well as data for development. Prior to her current position, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016, and has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world. Prior to joining CGD, Glassman was principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 3:45pm - 4:10pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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