Using the Interpretations feature to make it easier for users to routinely engage with data
Putting data into action has come to life in DHIS2 through the Interpretations feature, making it easier to have data-driven conversations. By taking cues from social media like Facebook and Instagram, DHIS2’s new Interpretations feature brings a conversation about data to life and helps field managers and supervisors better manage projects, track progress and make decisions. With the DHIS2 Interpretations feature, Program Managers, IPC supervisors, Sales Managers and other staff can analyze a shared dashboard on key performance indicators and ask questions to their team about performance or trends directly within the visualization’s Interpretations section. Team members can see the same dashboard with their program data, respond to their supervisor’s comments directly and encourage their colleagues on performance.
On Instagram we can see what our friends are doing, where they are doing it, and what they have to say. On DHIS2 with the interpretations feature, insights like this are embedded right next to the DHIS2 visualization; users can see past, current and future actions taken based on benchmarks and indicators. With this, anyone can see why the data is important and how it’s informing program decision making and strategy.
Like all social media we want to increase user engagement and dialogue. The comment feature allows users to add their own interpretations:
Users can see week-by-week performance for some kinds of data, and if users click on a comment, it rewinds to show performance at the time the comment was made:
Users can also scroll through the Interpretations wall where all the data they have access to is located and see what people are saying about it:
The Interpretations feature is all about collaboration, just like Instagram, Facebook, and other social media. The evolution of this new feature was created in concert with the University of Oslo, the developers of DHIS2, to promote data use within the software. The resulting new features are now available for the entire DHIS2 community to use and allows users to collaborate and share from anywhere in the world. PSI is excited to see how these features can be leveraged by other organizations to help them have data-fueled conversations and to continue to work with the DHIS2 community learning together about how this feature can be more widely adopted to promote data for decision-making.
Program managers and in-country program implementation teams can now have quick and efficient interactions with data and each other globally through the interpretations feature. This allows for leadership in information and services through field-driven program design and implementation. These data driven decisions allow for high-impact outputs. With this feature in-country teams follow and discuss service trends faster, allowing for confirmation or course correction. These illustrations of data and the ability to efficiently use evidence for decision making protects the health of women and children, improves access to services, and assures quality of services by allowing teams to see what works and what doesn’t. DHIS2 Interpretations feature is the new Instagram for data engagement and decision making!