Fact Sheet: Strengthening Health Service Delivery by Community-Based Organizations—The Role of Data

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Year: 2011


Data-informed decision making or data demand and use (DDU or DDIU) is the cornerstone of effective health programs. Significant human and financial resources have been invested worldwide in the collection of population, facility, and community-based data. However, this information is often not used by key stakeholders to effectively inform policy and programmatic decisions. In an effort to better understand the common constraints to data collection and use facing community-based organizations, a series of in-depth interviews were conducted with members of six organizations in six countries. Information was gathered from a convenience sample of 16 key informants using a semi-structured questionnaire. Key informants were selected by virtue of their decision-making positions within the organization and their roles in data collection and use. The information collected is synthesized in this document.