The Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation (AME) Division ensures that the data, research tools, and analytic methods are in place to enable the assessment of global health engagements (GHEs) in accordance with the most rigorous and comprehensive assessment standards employed in current practice. Specifically, the AME Division:
- Delivers the best-in-class strategic, operational, and tactical assessments to stakeholders to determine the effectiveness of GHEs and the return on investments as determined by stakeholders’ goals and objectives.
- Develops AME curricula and related learning tools for use at the USUHS, War Colleges and by the staff at operational commands to ensure that operators are better able to both produce and consume high-quality assessment products.
- Works with partners throughout the defense community to build and maintain a high-quality repository of policy, defense, and health-related data in order to facilitate assessments.
- Engages with a number of internal and external stakeholders and partners to ensure that it has access to the tools, data, and resources it needs to fulfill its mission and develop products that are relevant to the end-users.
In response to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Section 715, which mandated that assessment, monitoring and evaluation tools be developed to measure the effectiveness of GHEs, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA)) commissioned the Measures Of effectiveness in Defense Engagement and Learning (MODEL) study. In 2015, the Improving Processes and Coordination in Theater (IMPACT) Study was also commissioned. Since their inception, CGHE’s AME team has:
- Undertaken the study and review of the state of assessment art as currently practiced by the US military and government entities, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and specialist assessment organizations, such as the 3ie Corporation and J-PAL at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
- Conducted a number of analyses that show how GHEs represent a uniquely effective and flexible engagement modality, which can be used to realize a number of US and allied objectives;
- Worked with partners at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to code the Global-Theater Security Co-operation Management Information System (G-TSCMIS) and the Overseas Humanitarian Assistance Shared Information System (OHASIS) databases in an effort to develop the most extensive data repository of Security Cooperation (SC) activities and GHEs currently available;
- Worked with the Global Health Working Group (GHWG) Measures of Effectiveness and Capability Committees to understand the interoperability of disparate data systems and identify common GHE capabilities in the joint operating concepts, policy, and doctrine;
- Employed qualitative content analyses to analyze lessons learned within the observations of the Stability Operations Lessons Learned Information Management System (SOLLIMS) and the Joint Lessons Learned Information System (JLLIS) in order to identify themes and best practices concerning GHE capabilities;
- Used proprietary and open-source data with the field’s best known assessment methods to develop tailored AME products for a variety of stakeholders; and
- Published assessment results, methods, and field and literature reviews in a variety of leading policy, Service, and AME publications.
The AME team believes that when the evaluation of past engagements is more effectively and rigorously undertaken and the lessons therein learned, DoD will be better able to plan and execute future engagements in the current environment of constrained resources. As such, and as the studies transition from “academic discovery” to a mature and deployable AME capability, they remain focused on expanding access to military- and policy-relevant data, developing and refining innovative assessment tools and products, and partnering with organizations throughout the military health, SC, and assessment communities.