Through its working groups, the Health Data Collaborative will produce numerous tools, such as data standards, measurement methods, health indicators and other resources that will support countries to collect, analyse and use more accurate and reliable health data.

Around the world, countries are faced with collecting data for numerous different donors using different methods and indicators. The tools we produce will help to harmonise those methods, easing the administrative burden on countries and ensuring they have better data, for better decisions, and better health.

We’re developing a one-stop shop for health information system standards that will include: 

  • Guidelines for designing measurement and evaluation systems within national health sector plans
  • A package of recommended indicators, data quality metrics and dashboards for collecting and analysing data at health facilities and in communities
  • Standards for integrating outbreak surveillance into routine health information systems
  • Harmonized set of survey tools for collecting comprehensive household health data
  • Resource kit to improve birth and death registration
  • Core health workforce metrics
  • Guidelines on designing health systems that talk to each other and policies for sharing data

Featured Documents

Five-Point Call to Action

The declaration from more than 600 health leaders at the 2015 Summit on Measurement and Accountability for Health, describing priority actions and targets for smarter investments and stronger capacities for health data.

Health Data Collaborative Operational Workplan 2016 - 2017

View the Collaborative's objectives and deliverables.

Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators

A standard set of 100 indicators prioritized by the global community to provide concise information on the health situation and trends, including responses at national and global levels.

Rapid CRVS assessment  (0.94 MB)

Rapid CRVS assessment (0.94 MB)

25/03/2020 15:02 0.94 MB

The rapid assessment tool consists of 25 questions about how the civil registration and vital statistics systems function.

Handbook on Training in CRVS 2002  (17.98 MB)

Handbook on Training in CRVS 2002 (17.98 MB)

25/03/2020 14:43 17.98 MB

The Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems is designed for use in developing training courses in civil registration and vital statistics systems.

Handbook on CRVS - Developing information, education and communication - 1998  (13.32 MB)

Handbook on CRVS - Developing information, education and communication - 1998 (13.32 MB)

25/03/2020 14:43 13.32 MB

The present Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Developing Information, Education and Communication pro:vides guidance to countries to help them to design and carry out information, education and communication activities in support of a comprehensive improvement programme of civil registration and vital statistics systems. It is produced as part of the International Programme for Accelerating the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems.

Handbook on CRVS - Computerization - 1998  (7.35 MB)

Handbook on CRVS - Computerization - 1998 (7.35 MB)

25/03/2020 14:40 7.35 MB

The present Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Computerization provides guidance to decision makers and the relevant authorities of countries for the development and implementation of administrative electronic data-processing systems for civil registration and vital statistics systems.

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance  (3.79 MB)

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance (3.79 MB)

25/03/2020 14:39 3.79 MB

The present Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance, Revision 1, has been developed as a companion volume to the revised set of United Nations principles and recommendations for vital statistics systems.1 It aims to provide guidance and assistance to national authorities in establishing a holistic system of civil registration, vital statistics and identity management. This is the first revision of the original handbook, which was issued in 1998.

Handbook on civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems: Communication for development  (2.94 MB)

Handbook on civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems: Communication for development (2.94 MB)

25/03/2020 14:38 2.94 MB

The purpose of this Handbook is to help design and carry out self-sustaining, evidence based and measurable communication for development (behavior and social change) interventions to support a target country's overall improvement programme of CR/VS/IM systems.

Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) presentation  (2.52 MB)

Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) presentation (2.52 MB)

25/03/2020 14:38 2.52 MB

A methodology for measuring health systems strengthening.

Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics for births, deaths and causes of death: Resource Kit  (2.52 MB)

Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics for births, deaths and causes of death: Resource Kit (2.52 MB)

25/03/2020 14:32 2.52 MB

This Resource Kit appears at just the right moment. The 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is fast approaching, and health and development practitioners are engaged in a wide-ranging critical analysis of the progress made, the challenges remaining and emerging needs.

HIS Stages of Continuous Improvement Toolkit  (57 kB)

HIS Stages of Continuous Improvement Toolkit (57 kB)

15/03/2019 11:38 57 kB

The HIS Stages of Continuous Improvement (SOCI) Toolkit was collaboratively designed to help countries or organizations holistically assess, plan, and prioritize interventions and investments to strengthen an HIS. The assessment measures current and desired HIS status across five core domains of an HIS, and 39 subcomponents, and maps a path toward improvement—thus assisting countries in ensuring the right information is available to the right people at the right time. HIS are essential not only to monitor and improve national and subnational programs, but also to demonstrate country progress on a global level. This tool aligns with World Health Organization efforts to strengthen country HIS and capacities to monitor universal health coverage and health Sustainable Development Goals. The HIS SOCI Toolkit was jointly developed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Data Collaborative digital health and interoperability working group, and the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project. It is available at: https://www.measureevaluation.org/his-strengthening-resource-center/his-stages-of-continuous-improvement-toolkit/.

HIS Interoperability Maturity Toolkit: Assessment Tool  (1.37 MB)

HIS Interoperability Maturity Toolkit: Assessment Tool (1.37 MB)

29/05/2018 10:03 1.37 MB

USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation project, in collaboration with the Digital Health and Interoperability technical working group of the Health Data Collaborative, has developed an Health Information System Interoperability Maturity Toolkit for use by countries to assess and improve their health information systems. The toolkit was reviewed by Kenya’s and Ghana’s digital health stakeholders from ministries of health, implementing partners, universities, and private sector. The toolkit will help countries to assess the capacity of key domains for interoperability towards a desired status. The toolkit will enable countries to identify gaps and plan appropriate interventions to bridge those gaps.

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