Data Use and Service Delivery Discussion Wraps Up

Members of the Data Use Network shared their experiences using interventions, tools used and strategies implemented to improve data use at the service delivery point.

While health service providers may use data for individual patient management, managers and providers rarely analyze the data they collect to monitor service delivery trends or to assess problems and identify new strategies for improving health services. As a result, many health systems fail to fully link evidence to decisions and suffer from a decreased ability to respond to the priority needs of the communities they serve.

In an online discussion, members of DataUseNet shared their experiences using interventions, tools used and strategies implemented to improve data use at the service delivery point.

Questions posed to the group included:

  • In what context have you facilitated data use at the service delivery level?
  • Did you use any concrete tools to facilitate data use at the facility level?
  • What have been the enabling factors which have led to increased use of data in program monitoring and decision making?  What barriers have you encountered?
  • What lessons have you learned when facilitating data use?
  • How do we encourage and sustain improvements in data-informed decision making at the facility level?

DataUseNet moderators made a detailed summary of the discussion is available for review.