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LiST and Spectrum

The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) is part of Spectrum, a software which contains a suite of modules. Linkages between LiST and other analytic tools allow users to modify aspects including demography, HIV/AIDS programming, and family planning determinants. 

The following modules are currently included in Spectrum and can be used by LiST:

  • DemProj (provides demography information – automatically selected and always necessary to run LiST)

  • AIM (estimates the impact of HIV/AIDS interventions – automatically selected in countries with a high HIV/AIDS prevalence)

  • LiST Lives Saved Tool (Maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition intervention impact)

  • FamPlan (estimates the impact of family planning interventions)

Spectrum was built and is maintained by Avenir Health. A team at the Institute for International Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides guidance for the development of the LiST module.  Collaborative partners have included UNICEFGAVICARE, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

If you want to run LiST you need to download and install Spectrum. Once installed you then choose which modules - such as LiST - you wish to use.

Spectrum v. 5.73 (10 Dec 2018)

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Country data pack

In order to most accurately model the trends in maternal, neonatal, and under-5 mortality, it is important to incorporate all available current data. Here we make available the most up-to-date data. This includes demographic data derived from the United Nations Population Division estimates. 

The Country Data Pack contains default data for the DemProj module for ALL countries available for modelling in Spectrum. If you would like to retrieve Demproj default data for a selection of countries, you can do so by creating a new projection in Spectrum, where you will need internet connection to download the specified country's DemProj default data. Default data for all countries for modules other than DemProj are included when you download LiST / Spectrum.  

Country Data Pack 2017 (4 Dec 2017 )

Subnational projection repository 

Subnational projections for select countries are stored in the data repository. These projections were made using the LiST Subnational Wizard. Each downloadable zip file contains the projections and region-specific data sheets. The "Notes" explain the methods and data sources.

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Data import tools 

These files help to support specific functionalities in LiST or assist users with certain complex calculations. Instructions or documentation on how to use each tool is contained within the file itself. 

  • Subnational_Data_Template (FRENCH) - Use this spreadsheet to compile household survey data prior to running the Subnational Wizard in LiST.

  • Breastfeeding scale-up tool - Use this spreadsheet to create automatic trends for predominant, partial, and no breastfeeding categories based on a user-determined trend for exclusive breastfeeding.

  • Exclusive breastfeeding disaggregation tool - Use this spreadsheet to create detailed breakdowns of breastfeeding behavior for input into LiST based on a single indicator of exclusive breastfeeding among children <6 months.

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