Greater emphasis is now being placed by Caribbean countries as well as national, regional and international organizations on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). M&E is now recognized as a key element of evidence-based decision making at all levels of the health system and Caribbean Public Health Agency pleased to be a part of this thrust as it continues to contribute to the sustainable development of the Caribbean.
Indeed, the Research, Training and Policy Development Unit (RePDU) of the CARPHA – formally the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC) is the principal regional health institution charged with providing support to countries in the monitoring and evaluation of national programmes. A significant aspect of CARPHA’s work is the promotion of M&E of projects and programmes. CARPHA recognizes the pressing need to develop the capacity for M&E throughout its 23 member countries. Targeted, structured training and technical support for the development of various aspects of the 12 components of the M&E system are seen as critical elements of CARPHA’s M&E work.
CARPHA’s M&E work is facilitated through the engagement of funding partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CARPHA’s Training Unit has developed a strategic framework for the Agency’s training function, which has been approved by the Training Advisory Committee (TrAC). The TrAc is a 12 member sub-committee of and reports to the Agency’s Technical Advisory Committee, which reports to the Executive Board. Membership of TrAC includes:
1. To ensure CARPHA staff is competent to practice and train in areas consistent with the core service specialities and mandates of CARPHA.2. To address CARPHA Member States (CMS) basic and applied public health training needs (in Epidemiology, Laboratory management and quality assurance, M&E, Surveillance, Research, Policy Development, etc.).3. To provide quality training programmes progressing to certification and accreditation.4. To assist/ensure CMS are better equipped to more effectively address their public health functions through pre-service and in-service training opportunities.5. To better address regional and national public health training issues/concerns/ challenges.6. To facilitate/advocate for the development of Career Paths in public health for the Region.
The following areas are the priority areas of training by CARPHA:
Approaches to training are determined by the learning objectives, target audience, desired outcomes and impact. Approaches include:
Various modes of teaching are engaged, with the possibility of mixed modalities as required:
The target audience for training fall into the following main groups:1. In-service public health workers2. CARPHA technical staff (jointly with CARPHA’s HR department)3. Pre-service persons4. Non-health service personnel5. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)/Community based organisations (CBOs)/Faith based organisations (FBOs)
CARPHA has a significant network of partners and collaborators for public health training. These include:
Resources for training include: