Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS): Protocol for Parallel Sampling & Guidance FAQs

In by Marc Pitre

CORE Group


During the Child Survival Health Grants Program, Child Survival grantees were required to use the Rapid CATCH tool, which establishes a set of standard indicators to collect baseline and end of project data. This data is used to demonstrate the important contributions of the child survival portfolio to increase coverage and improve practices. In 2006, indicators for Rapid CATCH become more complex. This, along with the emergence of integrated programs that address the needs of multiple target populations created sampling challenges for grantees. The CORE Group M&E Working Group created this guidance document to clearly outline the recommended protocol for parallel sampling using Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS ) to collect Rapid CATCH information. The LQAS guide is for managers, field supervisors and others who plan, monitor and evaluate community health programs. The guide will aid them to train others in a simple and rapid method for collecting data. There is also a Guidance FAQ available.