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Facilitative Supervision

Technical Publications and Resources

Facilitative Supervision for Quality Improvement: A Curriculum
Facilitative Supervision for Quality Improvement focuses on the fundamentals of quality health care services in presenting an approach to supervision that emphasizes mentoring, joint problem solving, and two-way communication. The curriculum is divided into 13 online modules, which can be used sequentially or separately.
(2008) English. SM-A-50CD. Free.
Download the modules online or order this publication

Facilitative Supervision Handbook
Describes a system of management in which supervisors at all levels of a health institution focus on the needs of the staff they oversee. This approach emphasizes mentoring, joint problem solving, and two-way communication between the supervisor and those being supervised. Includes self-instructional exercises.
(2001) English SM-14. Free. Only available for download as PDF. 

Data for Decision Making in Fistula Care: A Supplemental Module for Facilitative Supervision
In keeping with its commitment to quality improvement, EngenderHealth promotes the use of data for decision making. This series of training modules developed by Fistula Care provides clinical supervisors, service providers, and national-level stakeholders with skills to review and interpret data in order to strengthen health systems and services. The document includes guides for discussion and interactive activities, as well as handouts and other tools to teach lessons about data gathering, analysis, and application. The modules supplement EngenderHealth’s facilitative supervision tools, which emphasize team problem solving and communication.
(2011) Download as a PDF: English (2.8 MB), French (2.6 MB)

Facilitative Supervision: A Vital Link in Quality Reproductive Health Service Delivery
Working Paper #10. Defines facilitative supervision and how it differs from conventional supervision. Describes how an institution can move from a traditional supervisory system to a more facilitative approach. Provides examples from Tanzania and Bangladesh.
(1996) Available only in HTML: English, French.

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