Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems

An facility nurse explains USAID ASSIST’s Community Health Systems Strengthening Model to her colleagues during a training session in Iringa, Tanzania, where these nurses are being prepared to serve as community quality improvement coaches for their catchment areas. Photo by Rhea Bright.

An facility nurse explains USAID ASSIST’s Community Health Systems Strengthening Model to her colleagues during a training session in Iringa, Tanzania, where these nurses are being prepared to serve as community quality improvement coaches for their catchment areas. Photo by Rhea Bright.

The Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is a five-year flagship quality improvement project of the United States Agency of International Development (USAID). Its objective to support host country providers and managers to apply the science of improvement to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the health and family services they provide.

USAID ASSIST also seeks to institutionalize the capacity to improve through competency development at the pre- and in-service levels as well as engaging with host country governments at the policy level.

CCP supports ASSIST’s knowledge management activities which are built into each USAID ASSIST country program to effectively and efficiently capture and disseminate learning about what improves outcomes. As a global project, USAID ASSIST’s learning agenda also seeks to contribute to U.S. Government global initiatives and inform the larger field of health care improvement.