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Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa
Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa
Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa
Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa
Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa
Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa
Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa
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Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa

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  • 1. Enhancing the Capacity for Use of Strategic Information in South Africa MEASURE Evaluation Symposium Panel VIII February 20, 2008
  • 2. GAPS in M&amp;E in South Africa <ul><li>Unprecedented demand for health information generated by large PEPFAR program with more than 300 government and non-government partners </li></ul><ul><li>Weak information systems </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of mechanism for centralized results reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Low capacity for use of information, lack of trained M&amp;E personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Need for harmonization of indicators and development of M&amp;E frameworks in the public sector </li></ul>
  • 3. MEASURE Evaluation Activities <ul><li>Enable more effective sharing of information between USG and implementing partners </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the quality and use of data for decision-making through capacity building trainings with PEPFAR implementing partners </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the availability of skilled M&amp;E personnel by supporting the Masters Degree program in M&amp;E at the University of Pretoria </li></ul><ul><li>Provide TA to the Department of Social Development in harmonizing indicators and in developing the national M&amp;E framework for OVC </li></ul><ul><li>Provide GIS maps for PEPFAR service delivery sites </li></ul><ul><li>Studies: case studies of OVC implementing organizations, research on adherence to ART </li></ul>
  • 4. Results Achieved: Results Reporting System <ul><li>Established a web-based data warehouse (DW), an electronic reporting system for basic data on services provided by USG implementing partners </li></ul><ul><li>By 2005, results for the PEPFAR annual report were reported via the data warehouse </li></ul><ul><li>Data quality was improved by standardizing indicators being reported on as well as the process of reporting </li></ul>
  • 5. Results Achieved in Capacity Building <ul><li>More than 200 individuals from over 40 implementing partners trained in 5 day M&amp;E workshops focusing on essentials of M&amp;E under PEPFAR (with emphasis on data quality) </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored training provided to individual partner organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Cadre of skilled M&amp;E professionals developed through Masters levels students in M&amp;E </li></ul><ul><li>Internship program established for Masters students working with implementing partners </li></ul>
  • 6. Results Anticipated <ul><li>Compendium of indicators for M&amp;E of OVC </li></ul><ul><li>National M&amp;E Framework for OVC </li></ul><ul><li>GIS maps of PEPFAR partners, including location of sites and services offered </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of factors associated with improved adherence to ART in South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of models of OVC service delivery </li></ul>
  • 7. Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Need for development of and greater reliance on local capacity for M&amp;E training </li></ul><ul><li>M&amp;E technical assistance and training teams associated with regional universities should be developed to institutionalize capacity building at local levels </li></ul><ul><li>One-off M&amp;E training courses are not enough; follow-up is needed at organizations who have had folks trained to ensure that concepts are applied in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Beginner and advanced data quality training is needed, depending on level </li></ul>
  • 8. Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Need for higher level training courses in collection and analysis of data as basic M&amp;E training becomes widespread </li></ul><ul><li>User-friendly tools needed to enhance analysis of results </li></ul><ul><li>Information use culture needs to be developed through regular convening of PEPFAR data user groups </li></ul><ul><li>Increased involvement of public sector in M&amp;E skills development is needed through tailor-made packages for government partners </li></ul>

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