Economic Analysis and Evaluation Services of the North-South Road Project in Mongolia

Economic Analysis and Evaluation Services of the North-South Road Project in Mongolia

Econometrica Supports the Millennium Challenge Corporation With Technical Assistance

Econometrica recently partnered with prime contractor, International Development Group LLC (IDG), to provide economic analysis and independent evaluation services in support of the Mongolia North-South Road Project for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

MCC is a U.S. Government corporation that provides funding for economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries. Mongolia is one of the countries MCC selected, and IDG and its partners were tasked with providing evaluation services for the Mongolia North-South Road Project.

Econometrica is assisting IDG with conducting a post-project evaluation of MCC’s Mongolia North-South Road Project. Frankie Clogston, one of Econometrica’s senior economists, joined a team of experts and visited Mongolia in January 2018 to start the evaluation process with a scoping and feasibility study.

The team started gathering information needed to estimate the economic rate of return on MCC’s Mongolia North-South Road Project investment, evaluate the current maintenance practices, determine who is traveling on the roads, and assess the transportation market structure.

The immediate goals of MCC’s Mongolia North-South Road Project are to reduce travel times and to decrease vehicle operating costs. These outcomes will help MCC reach their ultimate goal of supporting economic growth and reducing poverty in Mongolia.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

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The immediate goals of MCC’s Mongolia North-South Road Project are to reduce travel times and to decrease vehicle operating costs.

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Economic Analysis and Evaluation of the Roads and Bridges Activity in Cabo Verde

Economic Analysis and Evaluation of the Roads and Bridges Activity in Cabo Verde

Econometrica Supports the Millennium Challenge Corporation With Technical Assistance

Econometrica recently partnered with prime contractor, International Development Group LLC (IDG), to provide economic analysis and independent evaluation of the Roads and Bridges Activity in Cabo Verde for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

MCC is a U.S. Government corporation that provides funding for economic growth and poverty reduction projects in carefully selected countries. One of the countries MCC selected includes Cabo Verde, an island country comprising 10 islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the western coast of Africa.

MCC’s first Compact with Cabo Verde included the Roads and Bridges Activity project—part of the Compact’s overall Infrastructure Project—that aimed to improve Cabo Verde’s poor road, bridge, and maritime transportation infrastructure. The $28 million project—completed in 2010—sought to increase integration of internal markets and reduce transportation costs.

Econometrica is assisting IDG with conducting a post-project evaluation of MCC’s Roads and Bridges Activity project in Cabo Verde. Chris Holleyman, one of Econometrica’s senior transportation economists, joined a team of experts from all over the world and visited Cabo Verde in December 2017 to start the evaluation process with a scoping and feasibility study.

The team started gathering information needed to estimate the economic rate of return on MCC’s Roads and Bridges Activity investment, evaluate the government’s current maintenance practices, determine who is traveling on the roads, and assess the transportation market structure.

The immediate goals of MCC’s Roads and Bridges Activity are to link agricultural and fishing communities to the main traffic and to improve mobility among the islands. These outcomes will help MCC reach their ultimate goal of supporting economic growth and reducing poverty in Cabo Verde.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

Econometrica is assisting IDG with conducting a post-project evaluation of MCC’s Roads and Bridges Activity project in Cabo Verde.

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HHS Targets Opioid Epidemic With Five-Point Plan

HHS Targets Opioid Epidemic With Five-Point Plan

Econometrica supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ strategy to reduce opioid deaths.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently published a blog post about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) strategy for battling the opioid crisis, which is focused on five key areas of improvement:

  1. Better addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  2. Better data.
  3. Better pain management.
  4. Better targeting of overdose-reversing drugs.
  5. Better research.

Econometrica has contributed to similar improvements in a wide variety of healthcare fields, including patient safety and quality of care, and we are ready to focus our skills on the opioid epidemic.

For example, through the Partnership for Patients, Econometrica has supported hospitals by creating learning collaboratives that highlight real-world examples of improving care by limiting opioid prescriptions.

Econometrica has also created educational tools and messaging to improve healthcare, as AHRQ’s “Prevent & Protect” website does by educating the public about and improving access to Naloxone, a drug that can reverse overdoses. We provided the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with workshops, presentations, and trainings on preventing prescription drug abuse in the workplace, and we have created toolkits to help public housing agencies become smoke-free. We are currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help clinicians communicate with patients about antibiotic use.

HHS’ goal of “better pain management” point resonates particularly deeply with Econometrica staff, who care deeply about improving patients’ quality of life. We believe that all patients deserve an effective pain management plan when they are released from hospitals, and our Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly project aims to improve the quality of care for the elderly population by keeping participants out of the emergency room, through in-home and day center services.

We are optimistic about the HHS strategy for reducing opioid-related deaths, and both our experience and our ongoing projects have prepared us to support HHS in reaching its goals.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

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New Continuing Education Course on Antibiotic Stewardship Released

New Continuing Education Course on Antibiotic Stewardship Released

Econometrica Helps Develop CE Course for CDC

Aiming to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance to patient safety and public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the first section of a web-based training course on antibiotic stewardship. Econometrica’s Learning, Training & Diffusion Team has been developing the four-part series for CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship.

This interactive course is part of CDC’s aim to educate clinicians about the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. The course will help clinicians deliver effective and consistent messages to patients about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, and will work to improve clinician prescribing practices.

After winning the contract in October 2017, Econometrica has worked rapidly with its partners Qualidigm, Hendall, and Dr. Ed Septimus to develop the course. Our team of project managers, subject matter experts, instructional designers, curriculum developers, eLearning developers, and graphic designers continue to work closely to produce the course’s remaining modules, which CDC will release throughout 2018.

The course is targeted to clinicians, including doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified health education specialists, nurses, pharmacists, and public health practitioners. Participants of the course are eligible to receive credit under the Merit-Based Incentive Programs, or MIPS.

Econometrica’s core capabilities include our work in training and change management, and we continue to grow in this field. View our change management web page to find out more information about this service.

Register for the course today at CDC Train.

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The Four Key Components of Clinician Well-Being

The Four Key Components of Clinician Well-Being

Econometrica’s Art Submission for the National Academy of Medicine

Making good on our announcement from last December, Econometrica submitted an original watercolor painting for the National Academy of Medicine’s Expressions of Clinician Well-Being art exhibition. Our watercolor painting depicts the four components that contribute to clinician well-being.

Clinician well-being affects everyone involved in patient care, clinicians and patients alike. Econometrica is committed to advancing the well-being of clinicians through our work on many projects, such as the Patient and Family Engagement in Support of the Partnership for Patients 3.0; Million Hearts Clinical Implementation; and Development, Implementation, and Maintenance of Quality Measures for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Clinicians deal with high-stress situations and often encounter people at significant moments of their lives. Our formula comprises four components for positive clinician well-being:

  1. Patient relationships. Clinicians who maintain positive relationships with their patients will feel more positive about their profession and themselves.
  2. Lifelong learning. Clinicians who are curious and open to learning about advances in the medical field or even those who have hobbies unrelated to medicine have a more positive sense of well-being. Keeping the mind active and engaged can help clinicians feel a sense of purpose and positivity.
  3. Personal relationships. The medical profession is challenging, and it is important for clinicians to carve out time and space to cultivate personal relationships, which can offer clinicians an immense amount of emotional supp
  4. Emotional well-being. A clinician who is emotionally healthy and experiences a sense of balance and centeredness will feel better about themselves, enhancing their well-being.

This project was created in collaboration with Mark Stewart, June Chang, and Monique A. Sheppard of Econometrica, Inc.

View our watercolor painting depicting clinician well-being.

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Gain Insights at Econometrica’s Partner Day!

Gain Insights at Econometrica’s Partner Day!

Join Us for Partner Day at Econometrica on April 5, 2018

In this fast-paced and interactive networking session, you’ll connect with other companies to discuss your core competencies and learn how to grow your business with Econometrica, all the while partaking in light refreshments.

Partner Day Schedule

Thursday, April 5, 2018

2:00 p.m.–2:10 p.m.
Registration/Introduction

2:10 p.m.–2:40 p.m.
Econometrica Partners and Attending Companies

2:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m.
An In-Depth Look at Econometrica

3:10 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Q&A and Mingling

Who should attend Econometrica’s Partner Day?

Small Business Owners and Employees

Healthcare Industry Professionals

Organizations and People Interested in Change Management

Since 2017 Partner Day, Econometrica has engaged with more than 85 percent of the organizations that attended by collaborating on bids, subcontracts, and opportunities monitoring.

If you have any questions about Partner Day, please email Jill Simmerman, the event organizer, at JSimmerman@EconometricaInc.com or fill out our contact form.

Register for Partner Day!

The event is free to attend, but space is limited. Register today!

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