Geographic Scope: Worldwide
Countries: Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Guinea, Guyana, India, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ukraine
Services: Technical Assistance, Applied Technology, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Program Development, Strategic Planning, Training, Capacity Development, Knowledge Management
Technical Expertise: Applied Technology, Health Information Systems, Health Systems Strengthening, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation
A key element of impactful public health programs is quality, available data to inform decisionmaking. The best strategies, policies and programs to improve health arise from reliable data on health-related outcomes, typically generated through monitoring and evaluation or health information systems.
MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV is driven by a vision that public health programs have reliable systems for making decisions based on sound data and evidence. JSI, a partner on MEASURE Evaluation since 1997, supports countries to improve health system performance by increasing demand for health information, improving tools and data collection practices, improving analysis, and most especially, improving use of information. In Phase IV, JSI is leading HIS strengthening and support activities in 7 countries: Bangladesh, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali and Tanzania.
The project takes a four pillar approach to achieving its vision of accessible, quality health information being used for decision making around the world.
(1) Strengthen collection, analysis and use of routine health data. The project supports governments in the data selection, collection and processing of routine health information. To streamline and improve data collection, storage, and analysis, the project facilitates the use of technology to improve the links across technical areas and works collaboratively to promote interoperability and standardization of routine health information systems. As a result of these system strengthening efforts, the team works with local stakeholders to improve the analysis, synthesis, communication and use of data for decision making.
(2) Improve country-level capacity to manage health information systems, resources and staff. MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV supports the integration and simplification of M&E systems across health areas at both national and lower levels of the health system. By building local capacity, the project will strengthen national HIS strategic planning and governance. The team aims to maximize the sustainability of the project’s impact over five years through enabling national and regional organizations to build capacity in HIS management and governance.
(3) Improve and apply methods, tools and approaches to address health information challenges and gaps. The project builds on past investments and promotes local ownership of various tools to address challenges. As part of these efforts, the team works to increase the availability of tools, methods, and approaches for emerging areas, underserved populations, and new technologies, and increase local use, analysis, communication and ownership of data.
(4) Increase capacity for rigorous evaluation. Building on more than 15 years of past experience in Phases I-III, MEASURE Phase IV will build the capacity of local and regional organizations to conduct rigorous evaluations, through mentoring and collaboration approaches. These efforts will increase the capacity of regional training partners to teach methods for rigorous evaluation and support efforts to incorporate courses on evaluation research methods into existing graduate programs in host country universities
MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV is funded by USAID and is implemented by the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with Futures Group International, John Snow, Inc., ICF Macro, Management Sciences for Health, and Tulane University.
Read the blog post by Tariq Azim, Senior Health Information Systems Advisor, on Use of Information Technology for Strengthening Community Health Information Systems