Routine Data Quality Assessment Training in Zimbabwe and Botswana
MEASURE Evaluation has partnered with the Botswana Ministry of Health to improve data processes through the Routine Data Quality Assessments (RDQA) methodology for 30 programs. MEASURE Evaluation assisted the ministry this year in customizing the RDQA tools for the country’s context, and in drafting standard operating procedures for maintaining data quality. Procedures include how to conduct an RDQA and guidelines on how to use the customized RDQA tools, both at the site and national levels, says Sergio Lins, a senior M&E advisor with MEASURE Evaluation.
The country will apply the RDQA methodology to programs involving such health areas as nutrition, family planning, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, and maternal-child health. MEASURE Evaluation led workshops for the customization of the RDQA tools as well as piloted activities in the field to validate these tools.
In 2011, similar RDQA training was conducted in Zimbabwe, after The Global Fund Project to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria requested a formal audit. MEASURE Evaluation funded a three-day training session for about 60 participants from across the country.