There is increasing global recognition that improved health outcomes for people depend upon the use of quality data to guide policies and programmes for public health. MEASURE Evaluation Strategic Information for South Africa (MEval-SIFSA) focuses its data quality approach on information products and is needs-driven to assist health managers to make better decisions.
Our activities lay the groundwork for enhanced capacity in the health sector to sustain the use of high-quality data for evidence-based HIV and related health programs—improvements that can continue beyond the life of the project.
MEval-SIFSA works with the South African Government, via the National Department of Health (DOH), and offers custom and focused technical assistance and data quality interventions. Our purpose is to establish a routine culture of monitoring that is both adaptable and scalable to a wide range of applications in public health.
Using a multi-disciplinary approach, MEval-SIFSA facilitates the rapid deployment of strategic data quality tools and models in defining, measuring, analysing, and improving data quality through its three main data quality work streams:
- Supporting the implementation of the data quality improvement strategies and agendas of national and provincial DOH management teams
- Building capacity in the area of data quality improvement
- Strengthening the government’s capacity to self-monitor and evaluate health data at the district level