DHIS 2 Academy, Level 1

DHIS 2 Information Use Academy

Duration: 6 days

Prerequisite: A completion certificate awarded during a previous DHIS 2 Academy Level 1 or 2.


Data has to tell a story, and the visualization techniques employed will dictate the quality of the narrative. In information management systems, data is consumed for decision making through clear and concise dashboards (collections of different data visualizations, charts, maps, and pivot tables). Choosing the most appropriate visualization technique or dashboard to convey a certain message or target a specific audience is key for program success.

This training in Health Management and DHIS 2 Analytics is an exciting combination of principles learning, key concepts of Information Use, Monitoring and Evaluation in the context of public health and the tools in DHIS 2 to support these.
Through lectures, hands-on exercises and discussion with peers, participants will be well equipped to enhance the use of DHIS 2 in their daily work.

The purpose of this Academy is to:

  • To promote use of information systems as a tool for decentralized program management (Using 1000 MVD as a core theme);
  • To provide participants with a thorough understanding of data use (mining and visualization) mechanisms in DHIS 2;
  • To impart data-use best practices and to provide you with real experiences using data to make decisions;
  • To provide participants with a thorough understanding of data quality monitoring tools and mechanisms;
  • Define core system structures that need to be in place for any information system.
Learning Objectives

Through presentations, examples, and exercises with real data, you will be equipped with an understanding of the various data visualization techniques, analysis concepts, data quality measures, and dashboard creation in DHIS 2.

  • Origins, principles and application of DHIS 2;
  • Data identification, data and information cycle;
  • The 1000 most vulnerable days concept and program content;
  • DHIS 2 indicators;
  • Data collection, data analysis and data quality;
  • Pivot table in DHIS 2;
  • Charts, Graphics, Maps and Dashboards in DHIS 2;
  • Analytics and visualization.
Course outline
  • Fundamentals of Data Use and Data Culture;
  • Analysis: Data Quality, Pivot Tables and Charts Data ;
  • Decision Making with Maps;
  • Processing: Feedback Mechanisms.

Attendance to this training is mandatory for further specialization in information use, such as M&E and Program Management, Level 2.

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