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Big Data for Development

Big data


Source: UNGlobalPulse June 2012

That report is highlighting some key features about the importance of data and analytics.


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Early stages of performance measurement

Indeed, numerous technical questions arise when analyzing and interpreting performance measures. Among the most important are: what has caused the observed performance and to what practitioners, organizations or agencies should variations in performance be attributed? In the best case, the present services could also contribute to the answers of these questions.

As noted by the previous WHO Director General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland in her introductory message related to the issuance of the world health report: Health Systems: Improving Performance (June 2000);

Quote 1, “The way health systems are designed, managed and financed affects people’s lives and livelihoods. The difference between a well-performing health system and one that is failing can be measured in death, disability, impoverishment, humiliation and despair…”

The ongoing challenge, as already expressed in the document is still to gain a better understanding of the factors that make a difference between failure and success.

Quote 2, “If policy-makers are to act on measures of performance, they need a clear understanding of the key functions that health systems have to undertake. The report defines four key functions: providing services; generating the human and physical resources that make service delivery possible; raising and pooling the resources used to pay for health care; and, most critically, the function of stewardship – setting and enforcing the rules of the game and providing strategic direction for all the different actors involved.”

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