PRISM Framework Now Available in French and Spanish
The Performance of Routine Information System Management framework (PRISM) is now available to users in French and Spanish.
The PRISM framework consists of tools to assess Routine Health Information System (RHIS) performance, identify technical, behavioral and organizational factors that affect RHIS, aid in designing priority interventions to improve performance, and improve quality and use of routine health data.
MEASURE Evaluation provides assistance to host-country decision makers in collecting and using data. RHIS are unique among program information sources in that they gather data continually. But in most developing countries, RHIS are weak, produce data of poor quality, and are of limited use in informing decision making. MEASURE Evaluation developed the PRISM framework to address these weaknesses.
PRISM represents a paradigm shift in designing, strengthening, monitoring and evaluating RHIS. First, by gauging performance in terms of improved data quality and continuous information use, it highlights RHIS performance.
Second, PRISM places RHIS performance in the context of technical, behavioral and organizational determinants whose relative importance, as measured by PRISM tools, generates possible interventions.
Lastly, it provides a mechanism to assess the role of RHIS in improving health system performance. PRISM is grounded in a systems perspective, focusing on problem solving and continuous improvement.
Case studies from Mexico, South Africa, Uganda and Pakistan illustrate how PRISM helps design, strengthen, monitor and evaluation RHIS in various settings.