Data Demand and Use
Quality data is fundamental to health systems and their programs across the board from HIV, to family planning, ending preventable child and maternal death, malaria, reproductive health, and all areas of care that ensure public health. As MEASURE Evaluation works to improve health information systems capable of capturing and archiving quality data, it is just as important that we work to ensure that decision makers want to use the data and are equipped with skills to do so.
MEASURE Evaluation’s data demand and use strategy begins with an assessment that helps stakeholders, policy makers, and monitoring and evaluation practitioners identify where interventions are needed to increase demand and use. Once we have identified specific needs, we employ core tools to stimulate data demand, to build capacity to use data, and thereby to enhance data-informed decisions in health. Use of data helps ensure health programs are targeting services to areas and populations of high need, thus making the most of scarce resources. Data-informed programs are critical to reach the targets laid out by USAID in its global efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths and secure an AIDS-free generation.
This work includes:
- Working with governments, organizations, and other health programs to conduct assessments that identify leverage points for improving data demand and use skills, processes, and organizational supports;
- Collaborating with governments to build national and subnational data use infrastructure to support data-informed decision making;
- Building capacity in data analysis, interpretation, synthesis, presentation, and communication;
- Supporting the identification of data needs and developing data use plans to build sustained use of data over time.
MEASURE Evaluation has developed a broad array of core tools to stimulate data demand and use: