A Harmonized Data Quality Framework for International HIV/AIDS Programs
Karen Hardee, Futures Group International
Ronald Tran Ba Huy, The Global Fund
Sara Pacqué-Margolis, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Joseph W Brown, Futures Group International
The work of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is predicated on obtaining high quality information on program results. Given that Global Fund and Emergency Plan programs work across countries and aggregate numbers globally, it is crucial to have data that are robust, comparable cross nationally and longitudinally. This paper describe a process undertaken to by the Global Fund and the Emergency Plan, with technical input from the MEASURE Evaluation Project, to develop and implement a global harmonized data quality framework and associated systems and tools. The tools include a monitoring and evaluation self-assessment checklist, to be used at project initiation; data quality guidelines for measuring indicators, to be used by reporting organizations; and a data quality audit tool for periodic auditing use. Challenges in development and implementation of the harmonized data quality framework and tools will be discussed.