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Routine data use in evaluation: practical guidance

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Featuring Eva Silvestre, PhD, Tulane University; and Palladium’s Zola Allen, PhD, MPH, and Lyubov Teplitskay, MS.

Join Data for Impact on Thursday, September 24, at 11am EDT for a one-hour webinar sharing guidance for using routine data in evaluations. The webinar will be led by Eva Silvestre, PhD, Tulane University; and Palladium’s Zola Allen, PhD, MPH, and Lyubov Teplitskay, MS.

There has been significant investment in improving routine health information systems (RHIS), which include data collected at regular intervals at public, private, and community-level health facilities and institutions. Historically, routine data have been passed over by evaluators in favor of other data sources, such as stand-alone surveys tailored to meet evaluation objectives. But this kind of primary data collection can be expensive and time intensive. Further, there is no guarantee the data will be captured as planned. Given these realities, there now are many reasons to consider routine data use in evaluations. Among the advantages of using routine data are they are available, they are cost effective, and they encompass the complex nature of health interventions currently being implemented.

This webinar will present a summary of best practices on the use of routine data for evaluation. The approaches described are gathered from a literature review and the development of 13 technical briefs from such evaluations. Two examples from Kenya and Ukraine will highlight the challenges and opportunities encountered while using routine data in evaluations.