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Wayne Hoover, MEASURE Evaluation

MEASURE Evaluation promotes the creation and use of maps and charts produced by geographic information systems (GIS) to help reveal relationships, patterns and trends in public health in a way that is quickly understood by program managers and easy to share.

Geospatial  Analysis in Global Health M&E: A Process Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation for Informed Decision Making
This guide provides monitoring and evaluation practitioners an overview of geospatial analysis techniques applicable to their work.

Using Geospatial Analysis to Inform Decision Making in Targeting Health Facility-Based Programs: A Guidance Document
This guide describes questions to be answered and data required to make a decision about resource allocation using GIS. 
               

GIS and Sampling
This manual details how GIS can serve sampling and what the procedure for applying GIS to the sampling process entails.          

Geographic Tools for Global Public Health: An Assessment of Available Software
In this guide the MEASURE GIS Working Group evaluates the features and ease of use of five commonly used mapping applications.

GIS for Monitoring Scale-up: Appendix D to Guide for Monitoring Scale-up of Health Practices and Interventions
This appendix provides a guide for using GIS to monitor the process of scaling up innovations in public health.

Geographic Approaches to Global Health: A Self-Directed Mini-Course
This course is for public health program staff who want to learn how geography and spatial data and tools can benefit their programs.

An Overview of Spatial Data Protocols for Family Planning Activities: Why and How to Include the “Where” in Your Data
This document presents key concepts involved in the collection and use of spatially referenced family planning data.

An Overview of Spatial Data Protocols for HIV/AIDS Activities: Why and How to Include the “Where” in Your Data
This document presents key concepts involved in the collection and use of spatially referenced HIV and AIDS data.

OVC Mapping Reference Document
This document describes a mapping activity designed to improve programs for orphans and vulnerable children.

E2G: Excel to Google Earth Thematic Mapping Tool
This tool is for mapping administrative region data stored in Excel spreadsheets without the need for GIS.

Global Positioning Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to be taken into the field, along with GPS units, to serve as a reference for data collection personnel.