Data, Dashboards, and Dialogue for Policy Advocacy Wins in Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe, local Health Center Committees and District Health Executive teams are using community scorecard data to understand major health challenges facing local communities and taking action to reduce barriers to care.
The scorecard data is collected, managed, and shared by the partners of the PEPFAR-funded Coalition for Effective Community Health & HIV Response, Leadership, and Accountability (CECHLA). Over the last year and a half, CECHLA has received dedicated capacity development support from the Advancing Partners & Communities Local Capacity Initiative (APC/LCI) to improve the visualization and use of the scorecard data, strengthening the feedback loop and fostering a culture shift towards adaptive management and data use. Each quarter, seven community-based organizations use a community scorecard and facilitated action planning process to assess community health issues and develop action plans at 17 clinics in Zimbabwe. The data provides a detailed snapshot of issues including supply, demand for services, quality of care, and stigma and discrimination. Local health system and community leaders review the data, and develop plans to overcome problem areas.
Through the scorecard data collection, visualization and use, the CECHLA team demonstrates the fundamental principles of collaborating (both among project partners and with external groups), adapting (by reviewing data routinely and taking actions), and learning (in building skills around visualization of the data and its use in policy advocacy materials through support from APC).
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