NPOKI endorses SDMX-HD Data Exchange Format

SDMX-HD is a Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX)-based data exchange format for the Health Domain (HD), intended to serve the needs of the Monitoring & Evaluation community. Starting in 2007, it was proposed and developed by the World Health Organization and partners to facilitate exchange of indicator definitions and data in aggregate data systems. This initiative seeks to establish a uniform outcome reporting standard in global health and advocate the adoption of this standard by the donor community. This standard has been endorsed by both USAID and the Gates Foundation.

A data-collection tool that is compliant with SDMX-HD will be able to easily exchange indicator data, outcomes data and reports with other M&E tools, databases and spreadsheets. Similar to the “.doc” standard for text documents, this is a means of “future-proofing” M&E applications to ensure they will work across agencies, geographical areas, grantees and donors, as long as they follow the SDMX-HD standard. NPOKI works to reduce redundant systems and standards in the global health community. In this spirit we endorse the WHO’s Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange for Health Domains (SDMX-HD).

In December 2009, NPOKI was nominated by the WHO-led community of practice responsible for designing the normative document, technical documentation and other information that will be ratified as the final SDMX-HD standard, to lead the design, moderation and management of a ‘wiki’ forum at The normative document is being developed collaboratively, leveraging NPOKI’s experience in collaborative tools and processes for software development in the global health community. The ratified SDMX-HD standard will be published to the wiki that NPOKI is managing, and can be viewed at

NPOKI encourages its membership to evaluate adopting the SDMX-HD standard as a protocol for importing and exporting data into M&E systems, databases and worksheets. Upon request, we are happy to subscribe members to the wiki at to keep M&E team members apprised as this new standard moves toward adoption by USAID, the Gates Foundation, the WHO and the UN agencies. Feel free to email for more information.