Better data. Better health.

The Health Data Collaborative is a joint effort by multiple global health partners to work alongside countries to improve the availability, quality and use of data for local decision-making and tracking progress toward the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are an ambitious set of targets adopted by world leaders in 2015 that envision a world with zero poverty, shared prosperity and security, and where no one is left behind. 

The Health Data Collaborative exists to empower countries to achieve the targets set out in the health-related goals, especially but not exclusively those in Goal 3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages.

Achieving these goals will require accurate and timely data in order to understand how much work needs to be done, to stay on track, and to keep leaders accountable. 

But around the world today, many countries don’t count who is born, who dies, and other important details about people’s health. Health data is often fragmented and piecemeal.

That makes it harder to make good decisions about where to target resources to improve health and help people to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. 

The Health Data Collaborative will address those challenges by getting global health partners to align their financial and technical resources around a common agenda for measurement and accountability. 


2016 – 2017

Phase 1: Endorsement and consensus

At least five countries engaged in Health Data Collaborative, with completed assessments and investment plan for health data systems and strengthening monitoring of health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Launch of package of tools and guidance to support strengthening of country health data systems, with enhanced coordination of global health data initiatives.

2018 – 2024

Phase 2: Investments in plans for country health data systems

By 2024, 60 low and middle-income countries and supporting donors are using common investment plans to strengthen health data systems.

Major donors lead efforts to transition from program-specific investments in information and reporting to country reporting national priorities and health-related SDGs using national health data systems.

2025 – 2030

Phase 3: Sustainable measurement and accountability

Countries to transition away from international development assistance, with sufficient support for strengthening and sustaining robust health data systems. 

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.

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