Testing the Validity of the Single Interrupted Time Series Design
Baicker, Katherine and Svoronos, Theodore, Testing the Validity of the Single Interrupted Time Series Design (July 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26080. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423793
This article tests the validity of the Single Interrupted Time Series design, a popular quasi-experimental design in the health policy literature. We show that, in the context of a large randomized trial, the use of an SITS design instead of a randomized trial would have produced highly misleading results.
Two-Stage Exams: Can Exams Be More Formative Experiences?
Levy D, Svoronos T, and Klinger M. (2018). Two-Stage Exams: Can Exams Be More Formative Experiences?. Active Learning in Higher Education.
This article explores an assessment strategy that involves both individual and group work to assess understanding. The process also generates a metric for assessing the extent to which the group was able to collaborate effectively. We also provide data on student performance and feedback from several years of two-stage exams.
Implementation science and translational public health
Mate K., Svoronos T, & Fitzgerald DW (2015). Implementation science and translational public health. In Detels R, Gulliford, Karim, & Tan (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (6 ed.): Oxford University Press.
This chapter explores the origins of implementation science, highlights the challenges facing implementation scientists, describes the key features of an implementation science study, and reviews examples of implementation science for resource-limited and high-income country settings.
Introducing Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria to Drug Shops in Uganda: a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial
Cohen J, Fink G, Maloney K, Berg K, Jordan M, Svoronos T, Aber F, and Dickens W (2015). Introducing Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria to Drug Shops in Uganda: a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 93(3). doi: 10.2471/BLT.14.142489
This study evaluates the impact – on diagnosis and treatment of malaria – of introducing rapid diagnostic tests to drug shops in eastern Uganda.
Can the health system deliver? Determinants of rural Liberians’ confidence in health care
Svoronos T., R. J. Macauley, and M. E. Kruk. Can the health system deliver? Determinants of rural Liberians’ confidence in health care. Health Policy and Planning. Forthcoming 2014.
This study analyzed the determinants of Liberians’ confidence in their ability to obtain needed care for themselves or their children in case of serious illness.
Evaluating large-scale health programmes at a district level in resource-limited countries
Svoronos T., & Mate, K. S. (2011). Evaluating large-scale health programmes at a district level in resource-limited countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 89(11), 831–837.
In this paper we review several evaluation designs that attempt to account for contextual factors that contribute to intervention effectiveness.
TRACnet’s absorption into the Rwandan HIV/AIDS response
Svoronos T., Jillson, I. A., & Nsabimana, M. M. (2008). TRACnet’s absorption into the Rwandan HIV/AIDS response. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 9(5/6), 430. doi:10.1504/IJHTM.2008.020197
Rwanda’s TRACnet initiative is an electronic communication system parallel to the Rwandan healthcare management information system (HMIS), designed to coordinate antiretroviral therapy (ART) throughout the country. This study attempts to discern TRACnet’s absorption by Rwandan HIV/AIDS organisations, using Richard Heeks’ framework for evaluating HMIS interventions.