Despite enormous success in scaling up the adoption of DHIS2 for data collection and reporting, we have little knowledge as to how this contributes in the decision making process.
In collaboration with partners in the HISP network, a thesis on this topic will focus on examining the interplay of the DHIS2 software, the information system, and practices of decision making at local levels, such as health districts.
The focus on local and routine use goes to the core of the DHIS2 philosophy, which is to strengthen primary health care. For this to happen, DHIS2 must support information systems that place primacy on routine monitoring and evaluation of health services so that local decision makers can strive to reach the population with adequate and appropriate services of high quality.
This thesis will seek to explore practices of decision making, monitoring and evaluation, and how DHIS2 is currently supporting or not such practices. It is expected that the thesis investigates any challenges to this, and suggest improvements both locally and to the global network.
Field work in a country using DHIS2 at local levels is mandatory.