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Guide to monitoring and evaluating health information products and services

TIMMONS, Barbara K.
November 2007

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This resource offers guidance and 29 indicators to measure how information products and services contribute to improving health programmes. It includes the 'Conceptual Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating Health Information Products and Services', which illustrates how improving the reach and usefulness of information products and services facilitates and increases their use - which in turn enhances public health policy and practice. Together, the elements in the Guide can help health professionals to better evaluate the contribution of their knowledge management work to crucial health outcome

Monitoring vital events resource kit : stepping stones for strengthening vital statistics systems


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This resource kit is intended to aid national agencies, development partners and technical experts to strengthen the monitoring of vital events by providing easy, user-friendly access to technical documents relating to civil registration, cause of death attribution, sentinel and sample registration with verbal autopsy, and demographic surveillance. Timely and reliable information on vital events is useful for governance and a basic underpinning of public health, yet in most developing countries, monitoring of these events is limited: births and deaths go unregistered and causes of death patterns remain poorly understood. The kit is available as a CD-ROM or online

Improving health, connecting people : the role of ICTs in the health sector of developing countries|A framework paper

May 2006

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This paper gives a snapshot of the types of information and communication technology (ICT) interventions being used in the health sector, and the policy debates involving ICTs and health. It draws on the experiences of both the North and South, but focuses on applicability in the South to identify the most effective and relevant uses of ICTs. It describes the major constraints and challenges faced in using ICTs effectively in the health sector of developing countries, draws out good practices for using ICTs in the health sector, identifies major players and stakeholders, and highlights priority needs and issues of relevance to policy makers. The paper also looks at emerging trends in technologies that are likely to shape ICT use in the health sector, and identifies gaps in knowledge. It is aimed at policy makers, international donors, local practitioners, and others who are involved in the development or management of programs in the health sector in developing countries

ICT in the health sector : literature review

DAVIES, Jackie
March 2006

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This literature review presents a brief survey of the materials that have been selected for presentation as part of the InfoDev supported ‘ICT & Health’ research project. These materials are presented online as a searchable annotated bibliography:

Health information technology in primary health care in developing countries : a literature review

November 2004

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This study explores the debate and initiatives concerning the use of information technology (IT) in primary health care in developing countries. The literature from 1992-2002 was identified from searches of the MEDLINE, Latin American and Caribbean Health Science Literature Database (LILACS), Cochrane Library and Web of Science databases. For the analysis of advantages, problems and perspectives of IT applications and systems, 52 articles were selected according to their potential contribution to the primary health care processes in non-developed countries. countries. These included: 10 on electronic patient registries (EPR), 22 on process and programmatic action evaluation and management systems (PPAEM) and 20 on clinical decision-support systems (CDS). The main advantages, limitations and perspectives are discussed

Annual report year 4 (FY 2003) submitted to USAID, Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development

March 2004

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This is a report on SARA's activities in support of USAID, Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development. The Overview briefly describes the year's key activities and indicates future directions. Section III deals with the expanding collaboration with African institutions and with issues of dissemination and advocacy. Section IV details the work done by SARA in a wide range of areas, from child survival to infectious diseases, nutrition, reproductive and maternal health, HIV/AIDS prevention

Programa de acción : e-Salud. Telemedicina


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The document describes the programme e-Salud, one of the components of the National Program of Health 2001-2006 of the Mexican Government. It details its objectives, main strategies, action points and the system of evaluation of the results. The programme aims to improve communication on health in Mexico (among the health system, health personnel and citizens). It also looks to strengthen health institutions, to build the capacity of the population to take responsibility for their health care and healthcare seeking, to extend choice in services, to protect against catastrophic medical expenses and to participate in the definition of the health national agenda, as well as to have mechanisms to respond to suggestions and demands. A diagnosis is made of the situation of health in Mexico, as well as of ICT initiatives in health carried out to extend health service coverage, especially to the poorest and marginalized sectors of the population, to facilitate the exchange of information in health sector, to support the promotion and protection of the health, and to carry out distance training for health personnel

Health promotion with young people : an introductory guide to evaluation

FINES, Christine
TOFT, Marilyn
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A guide intended to assist in the evaluation process of health promotion activities with young people. It clearly identifies steps and phases of the evaluation process, including selection of evaluators, information collection, reporting and presentation, and dissemination. Each chapter is provided with a summary of the key points and with a list of 'Points to consider' to help discussion and exchange of ideas

TRIP database

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This is a clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence through simultaneous searching of multiple sites. The information provided is free but in order to access it, users have to complete an online registration form. The site was evaluated an external team from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine ( in 2006

Health Information Network (HIF-NET)

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HIF-net is an email discussion forum where more than 1300 people from around the world share ideas and insights on ways to improve access to relevant, reliable information for healthcare workers and professionals in developing countries. Launched in July 2000 in collaboration with the World Health Organization, it is now supported by the Global Forum for Health Research and is hosted on the "DGroups" platform. To join, email your name, affiliation and professional interests to


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