Facilitating Data Informed Decision Making
In areas of the world where the need for health services is great and resources are limited, policy and program decisions must lead to the best possible health outcomes. The Framework for Linking Data with Action assists in the decision-making process by strengthening the links between data and decisions.
The simple matrix helps decision makers identify and document upcoming policy and/or program decisions. It isolates the questions that are needed to inform the decisions and links them to the information needed to answer the questions. The role of stakeholders is highlighted and a timeline assists users to monitor their progress in making data-informed decisions. It also helps data collectors, researchers and M&E specialists visualize how their work can be applied to the program and policy context.
Conditions trigger creation of a framework for linking data
Upcoming decision making process
A department of the Ministry of Health might be planning to develop national strategic plans for HIV/AIDS programs for the country or a specific region. Identifying the targeted decisions that need to be made to formulate these plans presents a prime opportunity to engage stakeholders in creating a Framework for Linking Data with Action.
Stakeholder questions on programmatic or policy issues
A district health team may not know how their new ARV program is functioning. By reviewing service delivery data they can monitor program success. The Framework for Linking Data with Action can help the district health team identify their programmatic questions and the existing data sources, or the need to collect new data that can inform the answers.
New data collection or analysis completed
The Framework for Linking Data with Action ensures that the recommendations generated from the research are supported by data and that they are disseminated to the appropriate decision-makers.
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