Using a foundation of evidence and aligned resources, the Health Data Collaborative will deliver a measurable impact on health information systems strengthening in countries using three strategies:
- Capacity Building
- Coordination and Alignment
- Contextualisation of Global Public Goods
Together, these three areas will contribute to greater alignment amongst donors and partners with national monitoring and evaluation plans, increase country capacity to introduce and absorb new technologies at a national and subnational level, and build sustained institutional capacity for data collection, reporting and use.
The result will be a decreased reporting burden for countries, a more harmonized approach to global data reporting, a culture of continuous innovation, and more efficient use of resources. Ultimately, this will lead to improved quality and availability of health data and the ability for countries to consistently and accurately report on progress towards the health-related SDGs.
The HDC approach to country engagement has been and will remain country-led and country-driven. This includes active country leadership and participation in HDC governance, with national governments acting as a measurement and accountability mechanism to track progress towards the SDGs. Country engagement may also go beyond national boundaries and encompass regional networks, institutes, and observatories.
Countries can engage with HDC in four key ways:
- Strategic request for collective action: General technical support for Health Information Systems strengthening
- Focused request for collection action: Specific technical support for a particular M&E activity
- Specific agency request: Strategic partner engagement with the ministry of health
- Knowledge sharing: For ongoing in-country coordination and sharing best practices and tools
Although the HDC is not a funding entity per se, the HDC and SDG GAP secretariats can together support and streamline country processes by bringing key partners together to commit and align resources with country-driven data priorities.The HDC has already delivered measurable impact in several countries including Kenya, Nepal, Zambia, Cameroon and Bangladesh, and the lessons learned from this engagement can be adapted and scaled to other contexts.
The HDC is open to any country that can benefit from a more coordinated approach to health information systems strengthening through partnership, advocacy, and collective action.