Performance of Routine Information System Management (PRISM) User's Kit: Preparing and Conducting a PRISM Assessment


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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation

Year: 2018


MEASURE Evaluation. (2018). Performance of Routine Information System Management (PRISM) User's Kit: Preparing and Conducting a PRISM Assessment. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA: MEASURE Evaluation.
Performance of Routine Information System Management (PRISM) User's Kit: Preparing and Conducting a PRISM Assessment Abstract:

One of the mandates of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported MEASURE Evaluation is to strengthen the collection, analysis, and use of routine health information system (RHIS) data for the delivery of high-quality health services. We developed the Performance of Routine Information System Management (PRISM) Framework and suite of tools in 2011 for global use in assessing the reliability and timeliness of an RHIS, in making evidence-based decisions, and in identifying gaps in an RHIS so they can be addressed and the system can be improved.

With USAID’s support, we have revised the PRISM Tools and developed other elements, based on the PRISM Framework, to create a broad array of materials: the “PRISM Series,” available here: https://www.measureevaluation.org/prism. This new, more comprehensive PRISM Series is useful for designing, strengthening, and evaluating RHIS performance and developing a plan to put the results of a PRISM assessment into action.

To support the use of the PRISM Tools, we have developed a User’s Kit, which consists of three manuals in addition to this one:

  • Using SurveyCTO to Collect and Enter PRISM Assessment Data
  • Analyzing Data from a PRISM Assessment
  • Moving from Assessment to Action

The User’s Kit provides guidance for all aspects of a PRISM assessment. This manual—the first in the series—provides details on designing, preparing, and conducting an assessment. The process has three phases:

  1. Designing a PRISM assessment
  2. Preparing a PRISM assessment
  3. Collecting PRISM data

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