In line with USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance, Data.FI strengthens host-country government capacity to develop and maintain sustainable information systems and ensure that local partners are able to contribute to well-functioning and country-led health information systems. Data.FI tools support local stakeholders to strengthen and protect strategic information for epidemic control and maintenance. Here we share a selection of our tools.

USAID/PEPFAR Strategic Information Capacity Assessment (PSICA)
Data.FI and USAID/OHA created a PEPFAR Strategic Information Capacity Assessment Tool for local partners that have recently transitioned to a prime USAID partner role, and those that will soon be transitioning. The assessment process enhances USAID’s understanding of local partners’ growth areas related to reporting and PEPFAR strategic information guidelines. Available in English and French.

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Outil d’évaluation des compétences en information stratégique (PSICA) du PEPFAR
L’évaluation des compétences en information stratégique du PEPFAR (PSICA) décrit les normes de bonnes pratiques pour la gestion des informations stratégiques du Plan d’urgence du Président des États-Unis pour la lutte contre le SIDA. Cet outil d’évaluation est destiné à comprendre les forces et les besoins en capacités des partenaires PEPFAR locaux. L’outil peut être utilisé par les organisations comme outil d’auto-évaluation ou par l’USAID/PEPFAR ou leurs partenaires pour évaluer la capacité de nouveaux partenaires. Disponible en anglais et français.

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Data Quality Composite Score Tool
The Data Quality Composite Score Tool was designed by Data.FI to support above-site staff at the subnational or national level to assess data quality before the program invests in site-level audit processes. The results of this rapid assessment can inform tailored and efficient site-level data quality assessment and root cause analysis activities. The tool is simple to use, and can be applied to data from any data collection tool or information system. Available in English and French.

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Outil de calcul du score composite de qualité des données
L’outil de calcul du score composite sur la qualité des données est un instrument conçu par Data.FI pour automatiquement évaluer le score de qualité des données issues d’unités organisationnelles soutenues par le Plan d’urgence du Président des Etats-Unis pour la lutte contre le SIDA (PEPFAR). L’outil a été élaboré pour fonctionner avec les données provenant de tous les autres outils ou logiciels de collecte de données. Disponible en anglais et français.

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OVC Electronic Case Management System (eCMS): Implementation Guidance
The Data for Implementation (Data.FI) project, funded by USAID, has published comprehensive implementation guidance for electronic case management systems (eCMS) that track data on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) served by PEPFAR-supported programs. The guide builds on a related tool published in 2020, “Electronic Case Management System: Key Considerations,” which was intended for countries and implementing partners to use when developing an eCMS system. The new guide was developed in alignment with the nine digital principles for development designed to help integrate best practices into technology-enabled programs.[1] It covers the goals and objectives of the eCMS, elements in a landscape analysis (including laws, policies, existing systems, stakeholder mapping, and assessment of infrastructure and ICT skills), as well as planning for system functions, privacy and security needs, governance, data storage and more. The implementation guide includes practical material on business processes, costs related to developing and sustaining an eCMS, functional and non-functional requirements and SOPS, and sections on system design, reporting indicators, testing, quality assurance, deployment, maintenance, and management.

[1] https://digitalprinciples.org/about/

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Putting People-Centered Metrics for HIV into Practice: Proposed Indicators and Practical Considerations for Implementation
Global efforts to address the HIV epidemic have reached a point where investing more in existing programs may not yield desired outcomes. A primary challenge is ensuring services meet people where they are with what they need. Value-based care (VBC) offers a unique opportunity to bring insights to the field of HIV, and to harness the momentum in the HIV field (especially in data-driven management) to accelerate the movement toward VBC. Value-based care builds on existing quality improvement efforts by bringing quality of life and the care experience to the forefront as core indicators. Routine measurement of people-centered outcomes has the potential to shape the trajectory of HIV care by revealing what clients prioritize and by designing HIV care services, performance improvement loops, and incentives to deliver superior outcomes, ultimately, helping to overcome persistent challenges in retention in care, adherence to treatment, and sustained viral suppression.

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Leapfrog to Value-based Care Advocacy Deck (PPT)
Value-based HIV care starts with understanding what matters most to people living with HIV (PLHIV), looking beyond clinical outcomes to include health-related quality of life and the client’s care experience. It also assesses the longitudinal cost of delivering those outcomes. This presentation is an advocacy too for PLHIV spokespersons and HIV experts to advocated for a fourth goal beyond the three 95s: elevating people-centered outcomes, specifically health-related quality of life. VBC builds on existing measurement and quality improvement efforts by bringing quality of life and the care experience to the forefront as core indicators.

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