Routine data for accountability (DATA)

As part of the evaluation, we are collecting a set of Harmonised Indicators (HIs) from MSD for Mothers-funded projects in India, Senegal, Uganda and the United States. The aim is to collect data that can be used to ensure that project results are comparable to the greatest extent possible, without overburdening the partners. The data will be used to measure the health impacts of each programme, either directly through the HIs, or via mathematical modelling. This will aid our understanding of how and why each programme had the impact it did.

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We have chosen six domains where we wish to measure coverage among women (“outcome” indicators) across all the projects. The indicators cover the following domains:

Effective clinical interventions for:
1) Postpartum haemorrhage
2) Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
3) Family planning

Measures of:
4) Referral success
5) Client satisfaction
6) Harmful/unnecessary practices

Within these domains, we have identified indicators that are relevant to most of the projects. We also aim to track the number of women coming for antenatal care, the number coming for delivery care, and adverse health events (e.g. number of women with complications and number of pregnancy-related deaths).

The HIs represent a great opportunity to learn about maternal healthcare provision and data reporting in the private health sector. We will document the process of developing and collecting the HIs, especially as used by private providers, with a view to informing the global health community as they seek to improve data quality for maternal health.

For more information, please contact Dr Rebecca Baggaley.