Our Projects
In attempting to support the Government of Tanzania’s vision to enhance data systems and facilitate the culture of data use, Government led Data Use Partnership (DUP) has been established. One of its objectives is to support the implementation of Tanzania Digital Health Investment Roadmap (2017-2023). In line with this vision, and with support from Gates Foundation through PATH Tanzania, the Capacity Building Consortium (CBC) has been established under DUP to sustainably build the capacity of health care workers on data use in health sector in terms of training, mentoring and coaching across the health system. CBC is hosted at the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH), Ifakara, Tanzania. Other CBC institutions include Mzumbe University, University of Dodoma, Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).

CBC Approach
As an initial effort to generate a common understanding of data use concept, CBC developed the data use framework to guide data use interventions in the country (Figure 1). In this framework, data use for decision making is seen as a continuous cycle composed of different stages: data demand, data collection, data management, data analysis, data presentation and data interpretation.  Data use metrics have also been developed.

Figure 1. CBC Data Use Framework

The ultimate goal of CBC is to build capacity of health care workers at all levels of the health system to use data in identifying and solving problems, measure performance, allocate resources, planning and budgeting, track clients and support clinical decisions which will finally lead to increased efficiency in health service delivery. In realizing this, the Theory of Change (Figure 2) was developed to show the pathways through which investments needed to build requisite competencies for data use in line with the six components of data use framework/cycle will result to intended outcomes. 

Figure 2. Theory of Change for Data Use

CBC Achievements in Year One
•Mapped data use skills gaps and determinants.
•Developed short course on data use.
•Developed/reviewed pre-service health training curricula to incorporate data use aspects.
•Developed data use toolkits that will guide health providers in using data at all levels of health care.  
•Developed data use metrics for health workers at all levels that will guide stakeholders to ascertain that data have been used for decision making.

For more information about this project please contact Prof. Flora Kessy at info@ttcih.ac.tz