7 Steps to Improve HIV/AIDS Programs
The Seven Steps to Use Routine Information to Improve HIV/AIDS Programs: A Guide for HIV/AIDS Program Managers and Providers presents concrete steps and illustrative examples that can be used to facilitate the use of information as a part of the decision-making processes guiding program design, management and service provision in the health sector. The seven steps to information use outlined in this document will help address barriers to using routinely collected data by providing guidance in:
- linking questions of interest to program managers and providers with existing data
- conducting simple analyses, graphing and interpreting data
- continuing to monitor key indicators to inform improvements
These approaches can help encourage more strategic and effective use of routine health data and information in decisions, whether regular or one-time, simple or complex, minor or critical.
The effectiveness of HIV/AIDS programs throughout the world is dependent on the ability of program managers and providers to identify needs in the communities they serve and to understand the extent to which their programs address these needs. Routine information systems can help.
While there is a great deal of routine information collected at the health facility level, much of it is collated and sent elsewhere for reporting purposes. Too often program managers and providers do not have the capacity, time, or resources to analyze the data they collect to monitor service delivery or to assess problems and identify new strategies for improving health services. This guide presents seven steps that enable program managers and providers to use existing health information to improve HIV/AIDS programs.