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Data Empowers Decision: Traditional Zambian Leaders are Making Decisions using DHIS2 Mobile Platforms

 

 

On Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 11:30AM – 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

Data Empowers Decisions

Traditional Zambian Leaders are Making Decisions using DHIS2 Mobile Platforms

 

“How do you empower Chief Macha to take ownership of his village’s sanitation efforts?” At Akros, they believe this is accomplished through empowering the right leaders with meaningful data in order to make informed decisions. During this webinar, Akros will share their successes and challenges implementing DHIS2 through mobile technology to support Zambian traditional leaders.

 

Akros, a woman-owned small business based in Zambia, establishes data driven systems to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities. Under the WASH program, Akros uses DHIS2 and mobile technology to empower traditional village leaders to own community-led total sanitation efforts. Implemented in over 40,000 villages across Zambia, Akros has trained chiefs and community change-agents to use WASH DHIS2 dashboards and data feedback loops to provide meaningful oversight to sanitation efforts in their communities.

 

Join panelists Robert Ntalo (Portfolio Lead) and Rabson Zimba (Program Manager) from the Akros team to learn:

  • The challenges and successes of implementing mobile-to-web technology in rural and urban areas
  • Use case for how real-time data visualization is empowering local leaders to hold their communities accountable for sanitation efforts

We welcome M&E and IT-focused iNGO staffers who are currently considering or using DHIS2, to bring your questions.

 

 

Panelists:

Dr. Robert Ntalo is a public health specialist and currently the Portfolio Lead for WASH programs at Akros Zambia. He has over 15 years of implementing community based health, water, sanitation and hygiene programs in both humanitarian and development contexts within East, Central and Southern African regions. He is passionate about establishing monitoring systems for effective programming. 

Rabson Zimba is the WASH Deputy Program Manager at Akros. With over 4 years of experience, he has brought expertise to Akros’ programs in real-time monitoring and evaluation, program design, and successful deployment of community based surveillance systems. Under Rabson’s management on WASH, 7 chiefdoms in Zambia attained open defecation free status, including Zambia’s Chiengi District, which was the first community of its size to be declared Open Defecation Free in Africa.

 

To register for this free webinar: https://goo.gl/A6S1jg

 

(If you have any problems signing up for this event through our new registration system, you can get help at info@insidengo.org).

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs

DHIS2 for iNGOs Listserv: https://lists.npoki.org/lists/info/dhis2foringos

 

The True Cost of FREE: DHIS2 Set-up, Training & Maintenance

 

 

On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

The True Cost of FREE: DHIS2 Set-up, Training & Maintenance

 

DHIS2 is the popular open source monitoring, evaluation, and reporting solution. The code is available at dhis2.org for free! But what does DHIS2 really cost to set up and maintain? Join this webinar for a discussion geared towards small and medium sized NGOs, where we will address the following key questions:

 

  • What does it cost to get a DHIS2 implementation up and running?
  • To maintain a functional DHIS2 system, what roles must an NGO be prepared to train for in-house? What roles can be outsourced?
  • What are the effort and cost implications?
  • What cost-effective DHIS2 training options exist?

 

Join our panelist, Emma Ayebazibwe, Nicholas Santillo, and Steven Uggowitzer to learn about DHIS2 and its real and hidden costs.

 

We welcome M&E and ITfocused iNGO staffers who are currently considering or using DHIS2, to bring your questions.

 

Panelists:

Emma Ayebazibwe is a DHIS2 implementer, with experience in the health sector supporting Ministry of Health Uganda in customization and roll out of the current national electronic Health Management Information Systems (eHMIS). Emma has worked on the DHIS2 tracker for evaluating a Web-Based Electronic Medical Records System to improve long term and longitudinal tracking of MCH clients. Emma is currently studying a Master’s in Health Infomatics from University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and is a member of the HISP Uganda network, a LogicalOutcomes consultant and DHIS2 Tracker expert for HISP Tanzania network.

Nicholas Santillo is an educator, performer, producer and project manager who has worked in the creative, academic and non-profit sectors for over eight years.  He specializes in using storytelling to facilitate learning, especially across diverse cultures and backgrounds. In the non-profit sector Nicholas is developing and managing the online DHIS2 curriculum for LogicalOutcomes. He produces video content to enhance and support interactive online learning sessions, and facilitates the development of evaluation frameworks that can be implemented within the District Health Information Software (DHIS2).

Steven Uggowitzer has over twenty years experience in engineering internet technology, information and management systems; and over 15 years of international experience in public health and global health related information systems, deploying mission critical tools in large enterprise environments; and ICT support to health technical programmes at global, regional and country level. Steven is currently focused on interoperability and systems architectures based around DHIS2.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5885707011079154946

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs

DHIS2 for iNGOs Listserv: https://lists.npoki.org/lists/info/dhis2foringos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DHIS2 User Resources 17.04.20

 

   

Resources for DHIS2 Users

Updated April 20, 2017

 

From the University of Oslo

 

Sign up for the DHIS2 mailing list https://www.dhis2.org/contact

 

New! Online DHIS2 Fundamentals course: https://academy.dhis2.org/courses/HISP/DHIS2_Level1/2015_Q1/about

 

Download DHIS2 Academies & symposium slide decks

https://www.dhis2.org/previous-academies

 

 

Report issues & bugs on JIRA: https://jira.dhis2.org/

 

Contribute to multi-lingual interface: DHIS2 Translation board https://translate.dhis2.org

 

Interoperability guidelines coming soon: Ola olati@ifi.uio.no  Patrick mail@patrickernst.de

 

 

NPOKI & InsideNGO

 

NPOKI webinar series: DHIS2 for iNGOs

Watch the webinars: https://vimeo.com/groups/410817/videos

 

DHIS2 for iNGOs Listserv: https://lists.npoki.org/lists/info/dhis2foringos

 

 

LogicalOutcomes

 

DHIS2 Tools & Templates: https://github.com/LogicalOutcomes/dhis2-templates/wiki

-includes Curriculum and DHIS2 FAQ (currently in English, French FAQ coming soon)

DHIS2 Consultants List coming soon

 

 

 

 

Webinar: DHIS2 Interoperability

 

 

On Thursday, April 20th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

DHIS2 Interoperability

 

Join this panel discussion to learn about interoperability and DHIS2: successes, challenges, and new resources.

 

When talking about integration, we think about the process of making different information systems appear as one, i.e. data from them to be available to all relevant users as well as the harmonization of definitions and dimensions so that it is possible to combine the data in useful ways.

 

A related concept is interoperability, which is one strategy to achieve integration. For purposes related to DHIS2, we say that it is interoperable with other software applications if it is able to share data with this.

 -From https://docs.dhis2.org/2.26/en/implementer/html/ch07.html

 

This webinar will:

  1. Summarize key themes, successes and challenges on integrating DHIS2 with other systems
  1. Share impressions of an NGO panel who attended the recent DHIS2 symposium in Washington D.C.
  2. Announce a new set of guidelines on the topic of interoperability, in development by the University of Oslo

 

We welcome M&E focused iNGO staffers who are currently considering or using DHIS2, to bring your questions.

 

Panelists:

Daniel Messer is the Director & Chief Information Officer at Population Services International (PSI), where he is responsible for PSI’s information technology, MIS and ERP systems. Daniel is also co-founder and chair of the Non-Profit Organizations Knowledge Initiative (NPOKI) which helps non-profits to better manage information. Prior to PSI, Daniel was based in London directing International Planned Parenthood’s information systems, including clinic management systems for the federation’s network clinics across the globe.

Laura E. Lincks is the Database Manager/Developer at ICAP – Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. She is responsible for the day-to-day data management of ICAP’s more than two dozen country HIV-related projects, almost half of which include DHIS 2 as a primary data collection tool. Before working with ICAP, Laura worked at CAI, a public health organization where she was the Director of Data Management for a large-scale HIV project for the Uniformed Services in a dozen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sara Gaudon is a DHIS2 enthusiast, and Executive Director of LogicalOutcomes. With a background in non-profit administration in Canada and a degree in International Development from the University of Guelph, Sara manages LogicalOutcomes’s ‘DHIS2 quick start service.’ Using open source tools and templates, and working closely with experts, analysts, trainers and monitoring and evaluation specialists, Sara helps small and medium sized NGOs set up and manage their DHIS2 implementation.

Adebusoye Anifalaje is a seasoned informatics professional specializing in resource-constrained contexts. As head of the BAO Systems services team, he provides strategic oversight, staff mentoring, and solution design for large-scale DHIS 2 implementation. Since 2009 Busoye has worked exclusively in leading the deployment of DHIS 2 for various ministries of health and international NGOs in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, Afghanistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Jordan, DRC, Kenya, USA, and UK. He holds two masters’ degrees in Information Systems and Organization Research and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Nicola Hobby is the Director of Service Delivery at BAO Systems and has been the Organizing Chair of the DHIS 2 Symposium since 2015. Prior to joining BAO, Nicola worked in international public health for 11 years with Population Services International in a variety of positions. She has worked in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America leading or managing system strengthening initiatives.  Nicola has extensive knowledge about implementing DHIS 2 as an enterprise-level MIS. As the Director of Service Delivery, she leads an international team to implement DHIS 2 for a variety of public health and development clients.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2074639180509900034

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming DHIS2 for iNGOS Webinars

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

We are pleased to provide two webinars in April in June, as part of the DHIS24iNGO webinar series. The topics have changed slightly from previous. Specific details and panelist information will be shared in advance of the webinar. 

 

Mark your calendars:

 

[1] DHIS2 Interoperability

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

11:30AM – 12:30 PM ET

Registration: 

 

On March 23-24, over 200 people attended the 2017 DHIS2 Symposium, in Washington DC. The focus: how system alignment and interoperability can reduce data duplication, ensure data quality and data management efficiency.

When talking about integration, we think about the process of making different information systems appear as one, i.e. data from them to be available to all relevant users as well as the harmonization of definitions and dimensions so that it is possible to combine the data in useful ways.

A related concept is interoperability, which is one strategy to achieve integration. For purposes related to DHIS2, we say that it is interoperable with other software applications if it is able to share data with this. For example, DHIS2 and OpenMRS are interoperable, because there is support in both to share data definitions and data with each other.

-From https://docs.dhis2.org/2.26/en/implementer/html/ch07.html

This webinar will:

  1. Summarize the key themes and challenges for integration with other systems
  2. Announce a new set of guidelines on the topic of interoperability
  3. Share impressions of an NGO panel who attended the Symposium

 

We welcome M&E focused iNGO staffers who are currently considering or using DHIS2, to bring your questions to this panel discussion!

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

11:30AM – 12:30 PM ET

Registration: https://goo.gl/PKeHa9 

 

 

 

[2] The True Cost of FREE: DHIS2 Set-up, Training & Maintenance

  

DHIS2 is open source, with the code available at dhis2.org for free! But what does it really cost to set up and maintain? Join this webinar for a discussion geared towards small and medium sized NGOs, and will address the following key questions:

 

  • What does it cost to get a DHIS2 up and running?
  • To maintain a functional DHIS2 system, what roles must an NGO be prepared to train for in-house? What is the effort and cost implication?
  • What cost-effective DHIS2 training options exist?

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

11:30AM – 12:30 PM ET

Registration: https://goo.gl/gjs12y

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs

 

Am I Reaching the Poor? Measuring Equity with DHIS2

 

On Thursday, February 9th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

Am I Reaching the Poor? 

Measuring Equity with DHIS2

Although many development programs actively target the poor, actually measuring how well we are doing this can often be challenging.  Metrics for Management (M4M) has just released a DHIS2 version of its popular EquityTool, a set of simplified questionnaires to help NGOs estimate the wealth distribution of their clients, and ultimately understand how effectively they are reaching the poor (see https://www.equitytool.org)

 

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the EquityTool, give a brief demonstration of how quickly and easily the EquityTool questionnaires and indicators can be installed in your own DHIS2 instance, and explore how you can then use them to measure equity and make data-driven decisions in your programs.

 

Panelists:

Nirali Chakraborty is the Director of Research and Technical Assistance at Metrics for Management and leads M4M’s research and technical assistance activities. She formerly oversaw the quality and dissemination of Population Services International’s reproductive health related research internationally. Nirali also previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Broad Branch Associates, specializing in health systems and performance based financing, and has expertise in quantitative research methods. Nirali has conducted research in, and published articles on, social franchising, health equity, health workforce performance and maternal health. She is fluent in English and French, and proficient in 3 Indian sub-continent languages, Gujarati, Hindi and Bengali.  Nirali received her PhD in International Health, with a concentration in Health Systems, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Samuel Johnson is a freelance consultant at Qebo Ltd who advises iNGOs on the design and roll-out of information systems.  His previous positions include global Head of Management Information Systems for Marie Stopes International, M&E Advisor to the Swaziland Ministry of Health, and a range of senior management roles in UK hospitals.  As well as extensive senior management experience in the iNGO and government sectors, Sam has a deep technical understanding of information systems, with particular specializations in DHIS2, business intelligence solutions and electronic client records.  Sam has an MSc Development Management from the London School of Economics.

Kenzo Fry is a consultant at Tebiro Ltd specializing in poverty measurement, costing and impact modelling. He previously ran the Impact Analysis team at Marie Stopes International, which is responsible for designing the organization’s performance metrics, impact modelling, and overseeing global reporting such as MSI’s Global Impact Report. He also has extensive field experience running surveys and studies for public health programs in Indonesia. Kenzo has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7474704722866587906

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs

 

 

DHIS2 Symposium 2017 Overview

 

 

On Thursday, January 19th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

DHIS2 Symposium 2017 Overview

The DHIS 2 Symposium is an annual event that brings DHIS 2 implementers, and M&E and technical experts together to learn from a wide range of DHIS 2 implementation projects.  

 

As we enter the 3rd year of the Symposium, DHIS 2 adoption continues to expand exponentially.  Implementing partners are now faced with multi-instance environments from the National HMIS instance to Donor and Partner instances.  This year, we’ll explore how various DHIS implementers are dealing with complex issues of data exchange and discuss how we can more easily facilitate this exchange through system interoperability.  We will also hear about innovative usage of data either through in-built features or through BI tools. Developers from the University of Oslo will share updates on the DHIS 2 roadmap and talk about the University’s on-going capacity building efforts.  

 

If you haven’t attended the symposium previously, or you want to hear more about this year’s agenda, join us for a casual discussion about the topics and speakers and answer any questions about this year’s event. 

 

 

Panelists & Moderators:

Nicola Hobby is the Director of Service Delivery at BAO Systems and the organizing chair of the DHIS 2 Symposium.  Since 2012, Nicola has lead institutional-wide DHIS 2 deployment projects at multiple international public health non-profits.

William Lester, Executive Director, NPOKI

Igal Rabinovich, CEO, n-Village

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5606691644662584324

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs

 

 

 

Mango Mobile Application Platform

 

On Tuesday, January 10th from 11:30AM to 12:45PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

Mango Mobile Application Platform

 

The Mango platform is a complete mHealth surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation solution – scalable to any size, flexible to suit any operation, and fully customizable with its modular architecture. The platform is designed to operate sustainably in any environment, even when the available communications services and infrastructure is limited or unreliable – what we call a low resource area. And it can be a standalone solution, or integrate with other platforms like DHIS2.

 

The Mango platform was developed by Greenmash LTD, a UK-based software and consulting firm – with offices in London, Washington D.C., Auckland, and Nairobi – that works extensively with government and non-profit organizations. Join Andrew Wyborn, Managing Director at Greenmash, as he and his team discuss and demonstrate how Mango has provided mHealth solutions for its clients.

 

(This is a co-presentation of both the Connecting The Information Dots and the DHIS2 For INGOS webinar series)

Panelists:

Andrew Wyborn is the Managing Director at Greenmash LTD. He is passionate about building businesses that make a real and sustainable difference, improving processes, visibility and accountability.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5695028607929637889

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #CITDWS, #DHIS24INGOS

 

 

NPOKI Newsletter – January 2017

Newsletter
January 2017

 

Happy New Year to all of our colleagues! We hope that 2017 will be a positive year with many expectations, and even greater achievements.

 

During January/February 2017, we have already scheduled four (yes, FOUR) free webinars which we think will be of interest to our audience: those who work for, work with, collaborate with, or partner with international not-for-profit organizations. These webinars include:

 

  • Mango Mobile Application Platform
  • Who Wants a FREE Puppy! (The true cost of Free)
  • DHIS2 2017 Symposium Overview
  • Am I reaching the Poor? Measuring Equity with DHIS2

 

Please scroll down to read more about each webinar, and if the topic interests you, please register. The process is painless, and we do not share attendees lists with other organizations or vendors. Please feel free to share webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in a particular topic.

 

We look forward to “seeing” you at one of our events!

 

William (Bill) Lester

Executive Director NPOKI



 

On Tuesday, January 10th from 11:30AM to 12:45PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

Mango Mobile Application Platform

 

The Mango platform is a complete mHealth surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation solution – scalable to any size, flexible to suit any operation, and fully customizable with its modular architecture. The platform is designed to operate sustainably in any environment, even when the available communications services and infrastructure is limited or unreliable – what we call a low resource area. And it can be a standalone solution, or integrate with other platforms like DHIS2.

 

The Mango platform was developed by Greenmash LTD, a UK-based software and consulting firm – with offices in London, Washington D.C., Auckland, and Nairobi – that works extensively with government and non-profit organizations. Join Andrew Wyborn, Managing Director at Greenmash, as he and his team discuss and demonstrate how Mango has provided mHealth solutions for its clients.

 

(This is a co-presentation of both the Connecting The Information Dots and the DHIS2 For INGOS webinar series)

Panelists:

Andrew Wyborn is the Managing Director at Greenmash LTD. He is passionate about building businesses that make a real and sustainable difference, improving processes, visibility and accountability.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5695028607929637889

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #CITDWS, #DHIS24INGOS



 

On Thursday, January 12th from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a webinar:

 

Who Wants a Free Puppy!

(The true cost of FREE)

Nothing is free. You pay for it with money and/or with time. Free puppies require both, just like open source/free license software. If everything isn’t clear up front, you will find yourself needing to defend all the time you’ve spent on your no-cost project.

 

Marc Baizman, popular raconteur and Customer Success Director at Salesforce.org, gives us his humorous spin (based on lots of experience) on accepting, training, grooming, and managing a free puppy. He is joined by Zachary Tapp, IT Director at Cradles To Crayons.

 

This is the perfect webinar to share with folks at your organization who can’t/won’t understand why open source, free license, and other seemingly low-cost solutions don’t always beat custom/commercial solutions. So, invite them to join you for our webinar!

 

(This is a co-presentation of both the Connecting The Information Dots and the DHIS2 For INGOS webinar series)

 

 

 

Panelists:

Marc Baizman has been involved with nonprofits and technology for the past 12 years, and has gone from being “the tech guy” hooking up Ethernet cables under desks at a small nonprofit to running a solo technology consulting practice focused on moving organizations to the cloud using Salesforce, Box.com, and Google Apps. He is delighted to be at the Salesforce Foundation, and Customer Success is in his blood.

Zachery Tapp is an innovative and motivated problem-solver with an eye for the big picture. As a technology enthusiast with a comprehensive understanding of many industry leading business solutions, he has a solid record of success with project management, developing, and implementing technology and business systems. Currently, he is the Director of IT at Cradles To Crayons, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6195548288274759426

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #CITDWS, #DHIS24INGOS



 

On Thursday, January 19th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

DHIS2 Symposium 2017 Overview

The DHIS 2 Symposium is an annual event that brings DHIS 2 implementers, and M&E and technical experts together to learn from a wide range of DHIS 2 implementation projects.  

 

As we enter the 3rd year of the Symposium, DHIS 2 adoption continues to expand exponentially.  Implementing partners are now faced with multi-instance environments from the National HMIS instance to Donor and Partner instances.  This year, we’ll explore how various DHIS implementers are dealing with complex issues of data exchange and discuss how we can more easily facilitate this exchange through system interoperability.  We will also hear about innovative usage of data either through in-built features or through BI tools. Developers from the University of Oslo will share updates on the DHIS 2 roadmap and talk about the University’s on-going capacity building efforts.  

 

If you haven’t attended the symposium previously, or you want to hear more about this year’s agenda, join us for a casual discussion about the topics and speakers and answer any questions about this year’s event. 

 

 

Panelists & Moderators:

Nicola Hobby is the Director of Service Delivery at BAO Systems and the organizing chair of the DHIS 2 Symposium.  Since 2012, Nicola has lead institutional-wide DHIS 2 deployment projects at multiple international public health non-profits.

William Lester, Executive Director, NPOKI

Igal Rabinovich, CEO, n-Village

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5606691644662584324

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs



 

On Thursday, February 9th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

Am I Reaching the Poor? 

Measuring Equity with DHIS2

Although many development programs actively target the poor, actually measuring how well we are doing this can often be challenging.  Metrics for Management (M4M) has just released a DHIS2 version of its popular EquityTool, a set of simplified questionnaires to help NGOs estimate the wealth distribution of their clients, and ultimately understand how effectively they are reaching the poor (see https://www.equitytool.org)

 

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the EquityTool, give a brief demonstration of how quickly and easily the EquityTool questionnaires and indicators can be installed in your own DHIS2 instance, and explore how you can then use them to measure equity and make data-driven decisions in your programs.

 

Panelists:

Nirali Chakraborty is the Director of Research and Technical Assistance at Metrics for Management and leads M4M’s research and technical assistance activities. She formerly oversaw the quality and dissemination of Population Services International’s reproductive health related research internationally. Nirali also previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Broad Branch Associates, specializing in health systems and performance based financing, and has expertise in quantitative research methods. Nirali has conducted research in, and published articles on, social franchising, health equity, health workforce performance and maternal health. She is fluent in English and French, and proficient in 3 Indian sub-continent languages, Gujarati, Hindi and Bengali.  Nirali received her PhD in International Health, with a concentration in Health Systems, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Samuel Johnson is a freelance consultant at Qebo Ltd who advises iNGOs on the design and roll-out of information systems.  His previous positions include global Head of Management Information Systems for Marie Stopes International, M&E Advisor to the Swaziland Ministry of Health, and a range of senior management roles in UK hospitals.  As well as extensive senior management experience in the iNGO and government sectors, Sam has a deep technical understanding of information systems, with particular specializations in DHIS2, business intelligence solutions and electronic client records.  Sam has an MSc Development Management from the London School of Economics.

Kenzo Fry is a consultant at Tebiro Ltd specializing in poverty measurement, costing and impact modelling. He previously ran the Impact Analysis team at Marie Stopes International, which is responsible for designing the organization’s performance metrics, impact modelling, and overseeing global reporting such as MSI’s Global Impact Report. He also has extensive field experience running surveys and studies for public health programs in Indonesia. Kenzo has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7474704722866587906

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs


 

Webinar: Who Wants a Free Puppy!

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On Thursday, January 12th from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a webinar:

 

Who Wants a Free Puppy!

(The true cost of FREE)

Nothing is free. You pay for it with money and/or with time. Free puppies require both, just like open source/free license software. If everything isn’t clear up front, you will find yourself needing to defend all the time you’ve spent on your no-cost project. 

Marc Baizman, popular raconteur and Customer Success Director at Salesforce.org, gives us his humorous spin (based on lots of experience) on accepting, training, grooming, and managing a “free puppy”. He is joined by Zachary Tapp, IT Director at Cradles To Crayons. 

This is the perfect webinar to share with folks at your organization, who can’t/won’t understand why open source, free license, and other seemingly low-cost solutions don’t always beat custom/commercial solutions. So, invite them to join you for our webinar!

 

(This is a co-presentation of both the Connecting The Information Dots and the DHIS2 For INGOS webinar series)

 

 

 

Panelists:

Marc Baizman has been involved with nonprofits and technology for the past 12 years, and has gone from being “the tech guy” hooking up Ethernet cables under desks at a small nonprofit to running a solo technology consulting practice focused on moving organizations to the cloud using Salesforce, Box.com, and Google Apps. He is delighted to be at the Salesforce Foundation, and Customer Success is in his blood.

Zachery Tapp is an innovative and motivated problem-solver with an eye for the big picture. As a technology enthusiast with a comprehensive understanding of many industry leading business solutions, he has a solid record of success with project management, developing, and implementing technology and business systems. Currently, he is the Director of IT at Cradles To Crayons, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6195548288274759426

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #CITDWS, #DHIS24INGOS

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DHIS2: Helping People in their Daily Work

 

On Thursday, November 17th, 2016 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

DHIS2: Helping People in their Daily Work

DHIS2 is powerful and effective, but it is also complicated.  Join NPOKI, LogicalOutcomes, and HISPUganda in an interactive presentation examining the impact of using DHIS2 on NGO staff, stakeholders, and program participants – and how it effects on their day-to-day lives. Specifically, we’ll talk about:

 

       How does DHIS2 change the daily workflow of individuals working in, and affected by, NGOs?  

       How does DHIS2 improve an organization’s services, decision-making, and community?  

 

Looking at examples from dozens of implementations across multiple continents, we will share learnings, resources, and strategies to implementing and working with DHIS2 as an approachable and practical tool which has a positive impact on the community.

 

Panelists & Moderators:

Eric Munyambabazi, DHIS2 Expert, HISPUganda

Nicholas Santillo, DHIS2 Training Lead, LogicalOutcomes

William Lester, Executive Director, NPOKI

Igal Rabinovich, CEO, n-Village

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4865503157014570498

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs

 

DHIS2 for iNGOs – 2016/2017 Schedule

This is a list of the scheduled DHIS2 for iNGOs webinars. We’ll update the list as more events are scheduled. Please feel free to share this information with others at your organization who might be interested in a particular topic. And if you have suggestions for future webinars, we’d love to hear from you. You can reach us at info at npoki.org.

Calendar 2016/2017

Topic,
Date/Time,

Presenters
Details
Making the Pitch: DHIS2 for NGO Evaluation


Thurs, Sept 22, 2016

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording


Gillian Kerr, LogicalOutcomes


Bill Lester, NPOKI


Igal Rabinovich, n-Village

DHIS2 is an effective, open source, monitoring and evaluation platform tool that can be used to track programs, participants, outcomes, and even logistical processes. In recent years, DHIS2 is increasingly being adopted by NGOs in non-health sectors in addition to its original grounding in health management.

This webinar will help NGO staffers learn how to describe DHIS2 and answer complex questions. Whether making the pitch with senior leadership or speaking around the water cooler with your colleagues, understanding some of the real implications will enable you to handle tough questions like:

  • How much does it really cost to run a DHIS2 implementation?
  • How long does it take to set up DHIS2?
  • Can we rely on DHIS2 in the longer term (i.e. will it always be funded?)
  • How can we compare DHIS2 with other M&E platforms given our specific needs?
  • What is the return on investment?
DHIS2: Helping People in their Daily Work


Thurs, Nov 17, 2016

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording


Eric Munyambabazi, HISP Uganda


Nicholas Santillo, LogicalOutcomes

DHIS2 is powerful and effective, but it is also complicated.  Join NPOKI, LogicalOutcomes, and HISPUganda in an interactive presentation examining the impact of using DHIS2 on NGO staff, stakeholders, and program participants – and how it effects on their day-to-day lives. Specifically, we’ll talk about:

  • How does DHIS2 change the daily workflow of individuals working in, and affected by, NGOs?
  • How does DHIS2 improve an organization’s services, decision-making, and community?

Looking at examples from dozens of implementations across multiple continents, we will share learnings, resources, and strategies to implementing and working with DHIS2 as an approachable and practical tool which has a positive impact on the community.

“Who Wants a Free Puppy!” The true cost of FREE (Part 1)


Thurs, Jan 12, 2017

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording


Marc Baizman, Salesforce Foundation


Zachery Tapp, Cradles To Crayons

Nothing is free. You pay for it with money and/or with time. Free puppies require both, just like open source/free license software. If everything isn’t clear up front, you will find yourself needing to defend all the time you’ve spent on your no-cost project.

Marc Baizman, popular raconteur and Customer Success Director at Salesforce.org, gives us his humorous spin (based on lots of experience) on accepting, training, grooming, and managing a “free puppy”. He is joined by Zachary Tapp, IT Director at Cradles To Crayons.

This is the perfect webinar to share with folks at your organization who can’t/won’t understand why open source, free license, and other seemingly low-cost solutions don’t always beat custom/commercial solutions. So, invite them to join you for our webinar!

(This is a co-presentation with Connecting The Information Dots)

DHIS2 Symposium 2017 Overview


Thurs, Jan 19, 2017

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording


Nicola Hobby, BAO Systems


The DHIS 2 Symposium is an annual event that brings DHIS 2 implementers, and M&E and technical experts together to learn from a wide range of DHIS 2 implementation projects.

As we enter the 3rd year of the Symposium, DHIS 2 adoption continues to expand exponentially.  Implementing partners are now faced with multi-instance environments from the National HMIS instance to Donor and Partner instances.  This year, we’ll explore how various DHIS implementers are dealing with complex issues of data exchange and discuss how we can more easily facilitate this exchange through system interoperability.  We will also hear about innovative usage of data either through in-built features or through BI tools. Developers from the University of Oslo will share updates on the DHIS 2 roadmap and talk about the University’s on-going capacity building efforts.

If you haven’t attended the symposium previously, or you want to hear more about this year’s agenda, join us for a casual discussion about the topics and speakers and answer any questions about this year’s event.

Am I Reaching the Poor? Measuring Equity with DHIS2


Thurs, Feb 9, 2017

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording


Nirali Chakraborty, Metrics for Management


Samuel Johnson, Qebo Ltd


Kenzo Fry, Tebiro Ltd

Although many development programs actively target the poor, actually measuring how well we are doing this can often be challenging.  Metrics for Management (M4M) has just released a DHIS2 version of its popular EquityTool, a set of simplified questionnaires to help NGOs estimate the wealth distribution of their clients, and ultimately understand how effectively they are reaching the poor (see https://www.equitytool.org)

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the EquityTool, give a brief demonstration of how quickly and easily the EquityTool questionnaires and indicators can be installed in your own DHIS2 instance, and explore how you can then use them to measure equity and make data-driven decisions in your programs.

DHIS2 Interoperability


Thurs, April 20, 2017

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording

Handout


Daniel Messer, PSI


Sara Gaudon, LogicalOutcomes


Laura Lincks, ICAP


Adebusoye Anifalaje, BAO Systems


Nicola Hobby, BAO Systems

Join this panel discussion to learn about interoperability and DHIS2: successes, challenges, and new resources.

When talking about integration, we think about the process of making different information systems appear as one, i.e. data from them to be available to all relevant users as well as the harmonization of definitions and dimensions so that it is possible to combine the data in useful ways.

A related concept is interoperability, which is one strategy to achieve integration. For purposes related to DHIS2, we say that it is interoperable with other software applications if it is able to share data with this.

-From https://docs.dhis2.org/2.26/en/implementer/html/ch07.html

This webinar will:

  1. Summarize key themes, successes and challenges on integrating DHIS2 with other systems
  2. Share impressions of an NGO panel who attended the recent DHIS2 symposium in Washington D.C.
  3. Announce a new set of guidelines on the topic of interoperability, in development by the University of Oslo

We welcome M&E focused iNGO staffers who are currently considering or using DHIS2, to bring your questions.

The True Cost of FREE: DHIS2 Set-up, Training & Maintenance


Tues, June 20, 2017

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording

Handout


Steven Uggowitzer, HISP Geneva


Nicholas Santillo, LogicalOutcomes


Emma Ayebazibwe, HISP Uganda

DHIS2 is the popular open source monitoring, evaluation, and reporting solution. The code is available at dhis2.org for free! But what does DHIS2 really cost to set up and maintain? Join this webinar for a discussion geared towards small and medium sized NGOs, where we will address the following key questions:

  • What does it cost to get a DHIS2 implementation up and running?
  • To maintain a functional DHIS2 system, what roles must an NGO be prepared to train for in-house? What roles can be outsourced?
  • What are the effort and cost implications?
  • What cost-effective DHIS2 training options exist?

Join our panelist, Emma Ayebazibwe, Nicholas Santillo, and Steven Uggowitzer to learn about DHIS2 and its real and hidden costs.

Implementing a Low Budget DHIS2 System


Thu, September 28, 2017

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Slide Deck

Recording


Webert José, Acting Chief of Party / LAIHA Project at Save the Children International


Neeran Saraf, Senior ICT Consultant, Moonshot Global, LLC

 We love case studies……especially DHIS2 case studies, where the goal is to test a solution – and if it is successful – roll it out to the larger organization. This month, we feature an interesting case study from Save The Children.

This webinar showcases an implementation of DHIS2 for the LAIHA Project in Niger. The budget for the implementation was less than $50K for the initial phase, and included in-country training of the program team. The implementation delivered most of the required functionality using as many DHIS2 OOTB features as possible.

Join Save The Children colleague Webert José, Acting Chief of Party / LAIHA Project along with consultant Neeran Seraf as they share their approach to implementing DHIS2. They’ll provide details of the features implemented and discuss how this approach can be used as a low entry cost solution for an organization to adopt DHIS2, including scaling up to the enterprise level.

Data Empowers Decisions

How Traditional Zambian Leaders are Making Decisions using DHIS2 Mobile Platforms


Thu, November 9, 2017

11:30AM-12:30PM ET


Registration:


Robert Ntalo, Portfolio Lead at Akros


Rabson Zamba, Program Manager at Akros

 “How do you empower Chief Macha to take ownership of his village’s sanitation efforts?” At Akros, they believe this is accomplished through empowering the right leaders with meaningful data in order to make informed decisions. During this webinar, Akros will share their successes and challenges implementing DHIS2 through mobile technology to support Zambian traditional leaders.Akros, a woman-owned small business based in Zambia, establishes data driven systems to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities. Under the WASH program, Akros uses DHIS2 and mobile technology to empower traditional village leaders to own community-led total sanitation efforts. Implemented in over 40,000 villages across Zambia, Akros has trained chiefs and community change-agents to use WASH DHIS2 dashboards and data feedback loops to provide meaningful oversight to sanitation efforts in their communities.

Join panelists Robert Ntalo (Portfolio Lead) and Rabson Zamba (Program Manager) from the Akros team to learn:

  • The challenges and successes of implementing mobile-to-web technology in rural and urban areas
  • Use case for how real-time data visualization is empowering local leaders to hold their communities accountable for sanitation efforts

We welcome M&E and IT-focused iNGO staffers who are currently considering or using DHIS2, to bring your questions.

Registration

There is no fee for the webinars, but attendance is limited, so register early. Please register for the individual sessions you would like to attend. The registration links are in the Topic Grid above.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

There is a limit of 100 attendees for each webinar – first come, first served – so if you are not able to access the webinar, we will send you a follow-up email with a link to the recording of the webinar and to the slide deck.

We anticipate quite an interest in the topics included, and suggest that you promote the webinar series to key colleagues within your organization with a direct interest in DHIS2. If you have questions or comments about the DHIS2 for iNGOs Webinar Series, please contact info@npoki.org.

Background

Many of you are already familiar with the current CONNECTING THE INFORMATION DOTS webinar series. For over three years, hundreds of nonprofit organizations have joined us to learn about solutions to address and integrate knowledge management, content management/publishing, monitoring and evaluation, use of ICTs, workflow, project management, financial management, and grant/partner management. Several of these webinars have dealt with DHIS2, the open source monitoring & evaluation platform championed by the folks at the University of Oslo. We have helped to promote DHIS2’s use beyond government health ministries to NGOs in every sector. Based on the feedback we’ve received around the need for a dedicated forum, we have created the DHIS2 For iNGOs Webinar Series.

Webinar: DHIS2 Self-Guided Study for NGOs

 

On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 11:30AM to 12:45PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

DHIS2 Self-Guided Study for NGOs

 

DHIS2 (District Health Information System) is a robust, open-source monitoring and evaluation system for collection, reporting, analysis and dissemination of data. It is powerful and complex with many considerations around implementation and configuration. LogicalOutcomes, a Canadian nonprofit, has developed training materials complete with video tutorials and assignments – that will support NGO staff through a process of building a simple DHIS2 instance.

 

The DHIS2 Online Learning Notebook curriculum is sequenced so that students can learn step-by-step, and build on their skills. The content is based on material from the University of Oslo DHIS2 Academies, essentially covering Fundamentals and Basics of DHIS2.

DHIS2 Training

 

Panelists:

Dr. Gillian Kerr, President, LogicalOutcomes

Nicholas Santillo, Curriculum designer and training lead for DHIS2 Quick Start, LogicalOutcomes

Sara Gaudon, Project Manager for DHIS2 quick start, and Executive Director, LogicalOutcomes

Patrick Gallagher, Director or Monitoring & Evaluation, Nascent Solutions

 

Join us on May 17th for a discussion on DHIS2 training approach, curriculum overview, and a live demonstration.

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5099458338089398787

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

  

 

M&E Data Collection Tools: Buy Versus Build

Build vs Buy – that is the question. Or is it?…

https://www.ictworks.org/2014/12/12/to-build-or-buy-or-both-that-is-the-me-technology-systems-question/

In DC and NYC, we heard from development professionals who were struggling with the question on how to build an organization-wide technology-enabled system for collecting, storing and analyzing M&E data. Some of the questions that development organizations are asking when thinking about organization-wide management information systems (MIS) are:

How do we collect and manage M&E data on complex programmes across hundreds of countries? Many multi-national organizations have multiple projects within one country, and/or projects that stretch internationally. In these instances, each project or country needs the ability to customize their M&E work to their particular setting. This becomes even more challenging when multiple partner organizations are involved in delivering one project or programme.

How do we balance flexibility, while at the same time keep standards and common measures of activities, outcome and impact in place? Many organizations have experience building their own systems (after perhaps researching systems and not finding the right fit) but they are still finding that the system is limited, doesn’t work perfectly or do everything it needs to do.

What can we expect from our software solutions? And what other systems do we need to put in place to support or enable software to fulfill its promise of greater efficiency and coordination? Or do we have it the wrong way around? Quality communication around the process of providing an enterprise M & E solution will help to control expectations, and inform stakeholders of the bigger issues involved in achieving success. Change Management is the step that is often overlooked.

How will you support an enterprise M& E system, including rollout, training, helpdesk, and upgrades? Once your application is ready, rolling it out and training staff on its use and features is not a one-time effort. Do you have the resources (staff, funds, time) to provide the needed support services? Some organizations have reported a successful initial project rollout only to see it die from lack of support. Staff who don’t feel comfortable using an application or who don’t see improvements in functionality will go back to the tools they’ve used in the past.

We heard experiences from organizations that have launched organization-wide technology systems for M&E (and other) data. We heard that the several tips for how to start the conversation within your organization and what to do/not do:

  • Start with a discussion about the processes for collecting data. Establish standards and test them across the organization
  • Standardize your theory of change and results framework (as much as possible); this is important so that data are comparable across the system
  • Focus on data for decision-making – if data are not useful for decision making, consider why you are collecting, storing and analyzing that data
  • Start small – test your system in Excel or Google Forms first before moving to a more complicated system. Starting small will allow you to identify where the most time is being spend, and therefore where technology can be most impactful
  • Manage expectations – technology cannot solve all of your M&E challenges!

If you do find yourself assessing tools for organization-wide M&E data (after you have piloted standardized your indicators and tested some spreadsheets) there are three main options: the first is Build – if your organization has a software development team and the ongoing resources to invest in a system, you can consider building your own from scratch, using technology that is new to your organization; the second option is to “Buy” or license a system from an existing commercial vendor; the third is a Hybrid of build and buy, which is to customize an existing, open-source solution for managing your data, or build upon an existing platform with which your in-house staff currently uses and supports. This option will also require some in-house (or consultant) time but maybe be more sustainable than building from scratch or buying/licensing from a commercial vendor. In the table below, you’ll find some lessons learned or best practices when considering one of these three options, as well as some examples of each.

Build

Creating your own system from scratch

Buy

Commercial vendors selling or licensing an existing product

Hybrid

Customizing an existing system or building upon a known platform

  • Is Software Development in your mission statement?
  • Consider sustainability – will you develop in-house capacity? Or work with consultants?
  • What resources do you have?
  • Think about how resources will change – both staff (staff-turnover) and software (will the software still be supported in 3-5-1- years)
  • The product should meet 80% to 90% of your requirements “out-of-the-box” – no additional work required
  • The product should hold your information in a generic file format (not a proprietary file type!)
  • What is the longevity of the “buy” product? What happens if the company is sold or goes out of business?
  • Verify that the software is real (not just a demo)
  • Examples: TaroWorks, Fluxx, DevResults etc.
  • Can be open source
  • Can be collaborative
  • Can build upon existing in-house expertise
  • Think about who will do the customization – will you use in-house resources or work with consultants?
  • Some examples: Sharepoint, Salesforce, DHIS2, Odoo, etc.

And it is not only M&E data that development organizations, researchers and practitioners are struggling to manage – there are many other data and software solutions development organizations may be using or considering. How will your M&E solution connect with other appropriate data silos? Below is table of just some of them:

What are some of the data silos/ways to use software in development organizations?

Internal Facing

Combination of internal and external facing

  • Human Resources systems
  • Intranet
  • Email and internal communications (chat, calendars, etc.)
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Grants management
  • Data management for Monitoring & Evaluation (depends on who you are relying upon for data – this could be completely internal but many M&E systems rely on data from partner organizations)
  • Extranets or external web sites

Written by Jamie Lundine, Spatial Collective Ltd, and William Lester, NPOKI based on their joint session at M&E Deep Dive in NYC

Symposium: DHIS2 for iNGOs

Thursday and Friday, January 29 – 30, 2015

University of California, Washington Center

1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036

 

Summary:

On Thursday and Friday, January 29 – 30, 2015, Population Services International (PSI) and The University of Oslo (UiO), in partnership with the NonProfit Organizations Knowledge Initiative (NPOKI) and InsideNGO will host a two- day event DHIS2 for iNGOs – a Symposium. The purpose is to showcase an open-sourced M&E solution with the unique opportunity to provide input in how to enhance DHIS2 as an enterprise M&E management tool for iNGOs.

The cost for the two-day event is $250. You can register for DHIS2 for iNGOs here

 


 Overview:

  • Does your organization suffer from Tableitis?  i.e. the use of tables to display all forms of M&E data.
  • Does your organization use Excel, Access, custom-built or mobile applications to collect and manage your monitoring and evaluation data at the project, local, regional or enterprise level?
  • Have you considered buying or building your own management information system (MIS)
  • Do you wish you had powerful, visual, analytic tools that could create customizable dashboards for each of your programs or projects?

Join us at this highly interactive event to learn more about this open-sourced software solution that numerous iNGOs are now utilizing to support M&E. Developed by the University of Oslo (UiO), this is a valuable opportunity to meet users and developers.

DHIS2 is a revolutionary open-source platform that provides a robust alternative to off-the-shelf and custom M&E applications.  Developed by the University Of Oslo Department Of Informatics, DHIS2 is used in over 46 countries and is supported by a large, global community of developers, implementers, and end users.

Symposium Content/Objectives:

Presenters will include iNGOs implementing DHIS2, and DHIS2 technical experts and developers.

Specific learning objectives include:

  • Understand Buy versus Build versus Open Source/Other.
  • Using case studies to demonstration how DHIS2 provided a solution for iNGOs seeking to bring ICTs to M&E.
  • Learn how to eliminate Tableitis from your organization.
  • Learn what worked and what didn’t work in implementing DHIS2 locally or globally.
  • Meet current users, champions, and developers of DHIS2.
  • Share your specific requirements with the developers and network with other iNGO staff challenged with similar needs.
  • Provide valuable feedback to DHIS2 developers to explain what would make DHIS2 more iNGO-friendly.

 Who Should Attend:

M&E specialists at iNGOs, Project/Program Managers at iNGOs, IT staff who support application purchasing/development, consultants working with DHIS2, system integrators at iNGOs.

 Registration:

The cost for the two-day event is $250. Register here


 Background:

District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) is a popular open source information system used primarily by ministries of health across 46 countries as an information resource for data management andanalysis, for program monitoring and evaluation, as facility registries and service availability mapping, for logistics management and for mobile tracking of clients in rural communities. The system is developedand managed by the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo, and supported by the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) network. The software is backed by a large and growing implementing community. DHIS2 is well established as a successful information and communication technology (ICT) for the government sector, in particular in the developing world.

Over the last few years, the system has gained traction within international non-governmental organizations (iNGOs). The system has proven itself as a highly flexible and robust tool for collecting, managing and analyzing monitoring and evaluation data (M&E) and as a data integration platform for other systems including electronic document and records management system (EDRMS), human resources information systems (HRIS), finance systems (ERP), and other systems.

Organizations who have tried to procure commercial systems or build their own custom applications have come to understand that DHIS2 fulfills many of the requirements for a robust M&E enterprise-system,delivered at a fraction of the cost of commercial offerings. They have also come to realize that other sectors, such as education, environment, and advocacy may benefit using a tool like DHIS2, making it moreuniversal than originally imagined. Currently 23 NGOs have adopted DHIS2 for use at various levels. This small but powerful group of iNGOs is pushing the boundaries of DHIS2 in new and exciting ways.

For further information, or requests to be considered as a presenter for this event, please contact Nicola Hobby, MIS Program Manager at Population Services International, at nhobby@psi.org.

 

NPOKI