Author: Sara Gaudon

DHIS2 Training: Self-Guided Study for NGOs

DHIS2 (District Health Information System) is a robust, open-source monitoring and evaluation system for collection, reporting, analysis and dissemination of data. It is powerful and complex with many considerations around implementation and configuration.

We have developed training materials – complete with video tutorials and assignments – that will support NGO staff through a process of building a simple DHIS2 instance.

The DHIS2 Online Learning Notebook curriculum is sequenced so that students can learn step-by-step, and build on their skills. The content is based on material from the University of Oslo DHIS2 Academies, essentially covering Fundamentals and Basics of DHIS2.

Get the Notebook: DHIS2 Curriculum on GitHub

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Templates and Tools on GitHub

We’ve recently set up a GitHub Wiki for sharing tools and resources related to project management, meta data, and District Health Information System (DHIS2). For those of you who might not be familiar with DHIS2, it is an open source data warehouse with a reporting engine, developed by the University of Oslo, and it has been in use for over 20 years in international development projects.

Recent additions include:

  • Contract template
    • This contract template is used to guide our work with NGOs in the United States and Canada, however it is generic enough for many other applications. To facilitate the sharing of tools and templates, we include a Proprietary Rights section in all of our contracts.
  • DHIS2 Online Learning Notebook
    • We developed a OneNote notebook that will guide you through implementing and managing a customized DHIS2 instance. Our course curriculum is adapted from training materials from Level 1, and Level 2 of the DHIS2 Academy workshops.
  • DHIS2 Data Import Tool
    • This DHIS2 application enables the importing of data from excel spreadsheets. The version of the tool was developed by HISP Uganda, and the source code can be customized for your own project configuration.

Visit our GitHub wiki – and check back soon, as we’ll be posting resources often.

 

Welcome Sara Gaudon, Executive Director

Since LogicalOutcomes hit the ground running, in January 2014, we’ve been hard at work, building a responsive, agile and purpose-driven non-profit consultancy dedicated to helping organizations to serve their missions and to do what they do best.

We’re quickly being recognized as a leader in our field, so to support our continued growth, we’ve made some changes to our leadership.  We’re pleased to welcome Sara Gaudon as our new Executive Director. Sara brings 10 years of project management experience to the position, and has been involved with Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) projects at LogicalOutcomes. Neil Price leaves the ED role to pursue full time teaching at George Brown College, and will continue as a Board member focused on recruitment and strategic development.  Dr. Gillian Kerr, President and Martha McGuire will also continue as Board members. More on our team

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LogicalOutcomes Board, from left to right: Martha McGuire, Gillian Kerr, Neil Price, and Sara Gaudon. Photo by Sarah Gludish http://bit.ly/1qWkY4x

New ways to share DHIS2 templates & tools

[A Message to the DHIS2 User Group]

We are getting ready to share our templates and tools for DHIS2 implementations, and we invite everyone to contribute their tools to the collection. My team at LogicalOutcomes is working with Steven Uggowitzer, David Hagan, Prosper Behumbiize’s team at HISP Uganda, and others to develop faster, easier ways to set up DHIS2.

We hope to enable NGOs to set up DHIS2 for their programs using a ‘Quick Start’ approach. Then they can expand it to more programs as they get comfortable with DHIS2. As a nonprofit consulting company, LogicalOutcomes will share all of our tools with the whole community and we invite you to use and adapt them.

We will begin posting templates in early 2016 on Github in this repository.

Watch this slide presentation for an overview of what we’re trying to achieve.

We plan to begin with configuration spreadsheets to help projects define requirements quickly and accurately. Then we will start developing templates for evidence-based indicators in areas outside health (such as financial security, education and settlement). We may also create project management tools that are customized for DHIS2 implementations – it depends on which projects we are hired for.

Are you willing to share your own DHIS2 tools, including planning and estimation calculators, apps that are not ready for the DHIS2 App Store, project management checklists, etc.? Or are there any tools you really need? If so, please contact us.

Webinar: Customizing DHIS2 for Non-Profits Part II

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On September 10, as part of the CONNECTING THE INFORMATION DOTS Webinar Series, NPOKI hosted Customizing DHIS2 For Nonprofits: It’s Not Just About The Software. Given the number of questions and interest, NPOKI arranged a second webinar on Tuesday, October 13th: Customizing DHIS2 for iNGOs – Part II

Joining presenters Dr. Gillian Kerr and Martha McGuire was Steven Uggowitzer, Senior Architect, Health Information Systems, ICT4D. Currently, Steven is helping organizations to implement DHIS2, and is working with Logical Outcomes to develop the DHIS2 Quick Start application.

Watch this webinar for a brief summary of content from the original webinar, followed by an in depth discussion about the process of testing and deploying DHIS2. Some technical issues were discussed, with audience questions. 

Watch the Webinar on Video: Customizing DHIS2 for Non-Profits Part II  |  Read the Powerpoint presentation.

DHIS2: It’s Not Just About the Software

Watch the Webinar

NPOKI Connecting the DotsOn September 10, Martha McGuire & Dr. Gillian Kerr led a webinar on DHIS2 for nonprofits – a special thanks to NPOKI for hosting this online event.

Monitoring and evaluation systems often fail: they go wildly over budget, or over schedule, or don’t deliver what they promised, or all three. Yet funders expect nonprofits – even small ones – to evaluate their programs as though it’s a simple task. Why are M&E systems so difficult to implement? And how can we make them less expensive and more useful?

LogicalOutcomes, a Canadian non-profit organization that provides evaluation and consulting to support collective impact, was recently tasked with identifying software that might have a decent chance of success for a large NGO. They carried out interviews with over a dozen international NGOs, reviewed the literature on performance management, and compared about 30 software programs.

In this webinar, we’ll share findings:

  • What nonprofits want from monitoring and evaluation software, and why they don’t usually get it.
  • Why DHIS2 may be the best choice for the nonprofit sector.
  • How DHIS2 can be used to build a common evaluation platform for nonprofit services.

Watch the Webinar

Data Collection Tool: KoBoToolbox

LogicalOutcomes uses KoBoToolbox to collect participant data, where it is not possible to use DHIS2 directly. For example, your program activity may require just one survey, but with responses from over 200 participants, you won’t want to create DHIS2 user roles for each. Instead, create the survey using KoBoToolbox, share the unique URL with your participants, and responses collected can be imported into DHIS2 using a straightforward .xml sheet. Contact us for more on the upload template.

KoBoToolbox is free, easy to use, perfect for mobile devices (android app for data collection), and works offline.

Watch this video for an introduction to KoBoToolbox.

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*LogicalOutcomes does not receive any financial compensation from KoBoToolbox for making this suggestion.

 

 

Enhanced Security with nCryptedCloud

We often work with personal and confidential data that is protected under Canadian privacy legislation (PIPEDA). We’ve designed a data security policy and processes that ensure proper management of confidential information at every stage, from data collection to analysis to archiving. 

Data security is complicated, but we have a legal and ethical responsibility to get it ri​ght. 

One tool that supports projects that handle personal information is nCrypted Cloud’s Extended Enterprise Collaboration Platform*.

nCrypted Cloud LogoWith a user-friendly interface, nCryptedCloud encrypts information stored on common cloud storage platforms (like Dropbox or OneDrive), with a ‘zero-knowledge’ password protection policy.

nCryptedCloud is free to try; if your organization is interested in purchasing the corporate version, mention ‘LogicalOutcomes’ for a 20% discount.

*LogicalOutcomes does not receive any financial compensation from nCryptedCloud for this suggestion. 

How to Set up nCrypted Cloud

To ensure that personal information remains secure, we use nCryptedCloud*. It’s free (for a basic account), user-friendly, and integrates nicely with popular cloud storage like Dropbox and OneDrive for Business.

As a Canadian organization, we have responsibility under PIPEDA to ensure that any personal information we collect remains secure. nCryptedCloud allows us to use Microsoft Office365 to manage projects, knowing that any personal information will not be exposed to servers based in the Unites States. Read more on our data security policy and contact us with your questions. 

Watch this video to learn how to set up your nCryptedCloud account. Screencast Thumbnail nCryptedCloud

*LogicalOutcomes does not receive any financial compensation from nCryptedCloud for this suggestion.