Supporting local decision-making

Many countries have identified primary health care as an urgent priority, but they lack the data needed to pinpoint weaknesses, understand the causes of weakness and drive improvements.

 

Better data is essential to improve health outcomes, yet routinely available data for the monitoring of progress are often of low quality. Even where rich data sources are available, there can be limited capacity to synthesise, interpret and learn from the data.

IDEAS works to support local decision-making in Nigeria, Ethiopia and India.

In Gombe State, Nigeria, IDEAS uses a results framework with six-monthly data-driven learning workshops to support the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation implementation projects.

In West Bengal, India, IDEAS supports district health decision-making through the scale-up to the state level of the Data-Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) – a structured method combining a toolkit with facilitated discussions and action planning.

IDEAS is using an action-research approach to adapt, implement and evaluate the Data-Informed Platform for Health for the Ethiopian context, following the experience of a prototype phase in the state of West Bengal in India.

Published content

Blog Post
Who decides what and how? Making decision-making in health systems more effective

In the past, researchers have preferred to target policy-makers – to understand their perspective, develop supportive approaches and tools, and...

Research brief
Data-driven learning cycles and their impact on data use for decision making

The implementation partners are The Society for Family Health, SAQIP through a grant to PACT Nigeria and Evidence for Action through a...

News
Introducing the DIPH in Ethiopia

The Data Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) is a decision-making support system which facilitates review and use of data in local level...

Report
External Evaluation Report – DIPH Prototype Phase

The prototype phase pilot-tested the DIPH strategy and job-aids by bringing together key district-level data on inputs and processes from...

News
External evaluation report of the DIPH prototype phase

The evaluation aimed to understand the mechanisms and processes of the DIPH strategy for inter-sectoral data sharing and data-informed...