Workshop Provided Training on Micro-data Management Toolkit
Twenty-five health information science officers, data management specialists, and M&E specialists from public and private agencies received training on the Microdata Management Toolkit (MMTK) , a metadata editor for documenting and preserving surveys and censuses. The “Data Documentation, Preservation, Harmonization and Dissemination” workshop, held in June, was co-hosted by MEASURE Evaluation’s International Health Facility Assessment Network (IHFAN) and the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH). The workshop was held as part of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), a world-wide effort to promote access to quality data through documentation, preservation, archiving and dissemination.
In addition to being trained on using the MMTK, attendees discussed health facility assessment methodology, and options, principles and guidelines for disseminating and using meta- and micro-data files documented under the DDI.
“Trainees are now utilizing acquired skills to document several micro datasets which their respective organizations have collected over time,” said Bolaji Fapohunda, M&E Specialist at MEASURE Evaluation.
As a result of the workshop, participants are committed to:
- ensure the initiative is expanded to the national level by updating Nigeria FMoH and its Top Management Committee
- develop a supportive environment for sustaining results by creating stakeholder awareness among agencies working in health systems
- define methods and strategies to compile and document a comprehensive list of all health sector surveys and censuses
- develop standards and guidelines for disseminating, accessing, and utilizing the dataset
About Data Documentation Initiative
The DDI partnership includes the International Household Survey Network and the Accelerated Data Program, both satellite programs of the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Development; MEASURE Evaluation; WHO; USAID; JICA; and several other international agencies and partnerships. Visit http://www.icpsr.org/DDI/ for more information.
IHFAN is working with the National Bureau of Statistics in Nigeria to advance DDI. IHFAN promotes communication among professionals interested in exchanging information, sharing published works and materials, and communicating news in health information systems data development and use. Visit http://ihfan.org for more information.