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Background Information on MEASURE, CPC, and USAID

MEASURE Logo "MEASURE Evaluation is committed to coordinated, cost-effective and efficient approaches in data collection, monitoring and evaluation of population, health and nutrition services worldwide. It is one of five separate projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to examine the impact of a wide range of activities to improve human health and well-being, with a focus on family planning, maternal and child health and nutrition, and the prevention of HIV/STDs." MEASURE stands for Monitoring and Evaluation to ASsess and Use Results
CPC Logo The Carolina Population Center is a UNC department committed to "to promot[ing] population research and research training."
USAID Logo "USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The agency works to support long-term and equitable economic growth and advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agricultural and trade; global health; democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance."

The CPC applied for the Population, Health and Nutrition Office of USAID's 5 year MEASURE Evalution Project which they put up for bid in 1997. The award totals some $30 million, making it the largest project CPC administers.

In addition to MEASURE Evaluation, there are four other projects that fall under USAID's MEASURE program-"dedicated to providing accurate and timely information on population, health, and nutrition in developing countries. The projects offer technical services in data collection, analysis, dissemination, and use." They are:

  • MEASURE DHS+ - Collecting and analyzing survey data
  • MEASURE Communication - Disseminating and using data for policy
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census (SCILS) - Supporting censuses and add-on surveys
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Division of Reproductive Health) - Providing technical assistance for reproductive health and young adult surveys