M&E >> Methodology #3
The successful development and implementation of the MOH M&E system takes more than political will. Even with a resource commitment to invest in M&E development, the technical hurdles may require a lengthy process to put in place and develop credible data systems; train needed M&E specialists; and educate managers throughout the MOH on how and where M&E information will be used. Taking the M&E system as a whole, from facility to HQ level, the SID has identified four strategic areas needed to establish and sustain an efficient and effective system. These include establishing collaborative partnerships, ensuring quality data and entrenching a department-wide culture of M&E Analytic expertise.
Collaborative Partnerships
The SID, as it embarks on the process of putting in place a robust M&E system will actively engage in collaborative partnerships with institutions or organisations with demonstrated M&E capacity for the purpose of leveraging resources and expertise. These partnerships will play an important role in obtaining performance health information. This is arguably new terrain. However, the SID intends to pursue this agenda, recognizing the benefits if properly implemented.
Data Quality
From the outset, the SID recognises that credible health information is essential to drawing conclusions about health service delivery and disease-specific programme effectiveness. The SID strives to ensure the trustworthiness of data obtained through monitoring or evaluation. Data quality involves data credibility and reliability, as well as consistency across at all levels. Health stakeholders' reliance on quality health data as well as data on disease-specific programme performance makes this a major issue in the SID. A Data Quality Improvement teams has been established. The team has already scored on several fronts. In its early days, the team formulated a data quality improvement strategy that is pioneering a unique approach known as the integrated 'Data Profiling and Routine Data Quality Assessment Strategy' to address data quality. This is the first of its kind in the region in health settings.
Analytic Expertise
The M&E department recognizes challenges around developing a cadre of analytical expertise, analytical report generation and introduction of decision support systems. In rolling out the implementation of the M&E framework, the SID will, in both the short and long-term, capitalize on leveraging analytic expertise from established institutions or individuals in relevant subject matters. Plans are in place to develop this capacity within the staff cadre in the MoH through short (certificate), medium (Diploma) and long term training (Post graduate training, internships).

The SID will work closely with development partners to establish a Technical Working Group (TWG) of M&E specialists from these partners who will be approached in several roles including TWG as a think tank, a technical backstopping resource, etc.
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