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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 Nigeria, IDEAS has worked with the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency and partners to implement six-monthly Data-driven Learning Workshops designed to continuously examine progress and promote data-informed decision making.

In Ethiopia, building on lessons learned during a prototype phase in West Bengal, India, IDEAS implements the Data-Informed Platform for Health (DIPH). – The DIPH is a structured method combining a toolkit with facilitated discussions and action planning. This involves a five-step cycle running every 3-4 months at district level. Standardized job-aids facilitate linking of input and process data from health and other sectors onto a common data-sharing platform. Government and non-government stakeholders analyse the data, identify challenges and gaps and agree on measures to be taken to resolve issues.

Published content

News
The DIPH Ethiopia in its second cycle

The teams are collecting and analysing data from 12 district health offices which are DIPH-implementing districts and from 12 non-implementation...

Journal article
“There Is No Link Between Resource Allocation and Use of Local Data”

The study authors show that districts have a decision-making structure, including representatives of all relevant government departments, and...

News
The first Data Informed Platform for Health cycle starts in Ethiopia

The DIPH teams in Ethiopia and London are clearly excited, after months of delay and uncertainty the project is starting to take off. New project...

Research brief
Improving the quality of routine Health Information System data for better decision-making

The ORCA team analysed existing information from the HMIS and compared this with external sources of information, such as the Demographic and...

Report
Data Informed Platform for Health – training handbook

It also elaborates on the operationalisation and cyclical implementation of the Data-Informed Platform for Health at the district level. The...

Blog Post
A new appreciation for data: Impressions from the MNCH partnership in Gombe State

For the IDEAS team working in Gombe, the past few months have again been a busy period. The last annual household survey was scheduled for August,...