We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, and we’re not starting from scratch. There are already many efforts around the world to strengthen health data.
Our role is to build upon existing efforts by establishing a network of working groups that will address specific technical issues and identify and fill technical gaps.
The working groups develop standards, indicators and other tools that help countries to collect, analyse and use good health data. At the same time, we work to make sure everyone is pulling in the same direction, to support the health plans and priorities that countries set.
The working groups are time-limited groups of technical experts from partners, countries, academia and civil society that are brought together to work collectively on specific deliverables of the Collaborative’s work plan. This could entail the development and harmonization of standards and tools to strengthen country health information systems and capacities.