Friday, February 23, 2018

Abraham Wandersman Presents GTO in Thailand

Dr. Abraham Wandersman in Thailand

Dr. Abraham Wandersman from the University of South Carolina, Columbia presented Getting-to-Outcomes (GTO) to funders and policy makers in Bangkok, Thailand this week. His most recent book with Drs. Fetterman and Kaftarian is:  Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability (Sage Publications).


Colleagues in this picture include from left to right: 

Dr. Oranee from R2 R, Dr. Akarin from R2R, Dr. Jadej from NHSO (National Health Security Office, Dr. Wandersman, Dr. Somsak, Dr. Bundit (Deputy CEO Health Promotion Fund (HPF), Dr. Choochai NHSO, and Dr. Pairote HPF.

“Thanks you to Prof wandersman for introducing us to GTO and how it could be applied to ensure outcome and not only for “scaling up good models from research”. Most of us present in this meeting have been doing various things to ensure whatever we did, providing services, purchasing services or granting projects on health promotion, will lead to better and bigger patient outcome or health outcome. Examples and ideas from the exchange will be valuable for us to find new ways of getting outcome with your GTO being one of the approaches and tools for doing so. Your experiences with empowerment evaluation and learning helped to shed better light to our efforts in using various methods to achieve learning health system while working to get better outcomes in the complex health system such as Thailand.”

Dr. Somsak Chunharas was a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Fall 1 2017 term. He formerly served as Deputy Minister of Health for Thailand and is currently President of National Health Foundation in Thailand, an NGO promoting and coordinating evidence-based health policy and system development.

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