The Center’s Data, Measurement and Evaluation (DME) Unit provides data quality control and data quality assurance, statistical and econometric analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and economic valuation (cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis) of interventions and research studies in African countries. With over 20 full-time staff with expertise in varied related fields: Data Management & Analysis, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Software Development, and Health Economics— the DME Unit has extensive experience in the design and roll-out of an array of evaluation and research studies, such as Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) and quasi-experimental designs, among others. Using the state-of-the-art techniques in research, and innovative analytical methods, the DME Unit generates strong research evidence that serves as a formidable foundation to inform policy, accelerates poverty alleviation efforts, economic growth and shared prosperity in Africa.

The Unit is also responsible for the management of the Nairobi Urban Health and Demographic Surveillance System (NUHDSS). This surveillance system is a pioneer urban HDSS, and is one of only three urban HDSS’ in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It has provided a platform to investigate long-term social, economic and health consequences of urbanization among urban slum residents.

The unit’s involvement in a number of international activities including conferences and teaching supports the growth of African researchers taking full advantage of the networking and establishing partnerships.