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PRISM: Performance of Routine Information System Management Framework

Tools to assess Routine Health Information System performance, identify technical, behavioral and organizational factors that affect routine health information systems.
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The Performance of Routine Information System Management (PRISM) framework consists of tools to assess Routine Health Information System (RHIS) performance, identify technical, behavioral and organizational factors that affect RHIS, aid in designing priority interventions to improve performance, and improve quality and use of routine health data.

The beta version of the PRISM toolkit includes the following questionnaires, data collection methods, and processes for assessing RHIS performance, processes, and determinants:

  • Performance Diagnostic Tool - As the primary component in the PRISM toolkit, this tool determines the overall level of RHIS performance to identify strengths and weaknesses; the other three tools identify the underlying technical, organizational, and behavioral reasons for those strengths and weaknesses.

  • Overview and Facility/Office Checklist - This tool examines technical determinants, such as the structure and design of existing information systems in the health sector, information flows, and interaction between different information systems. It allows users to understand the availability and status of RHIS resources and procedures used at health facilities.

  • Management Assessment Tool - This tool is designed to take rapid stock of the RHIS management practices and aid in developing recommendations for better management.

  • Organizational and Behavioral Assessment Tool - This tool identifies behavioral and organizational factors affect RHIS performance, including data demand, motivation, confidence level, task competence, and problem-solving skills.

PRISM Tools for Assessing, Monitoring, and Evaluating RHIS Performance also available in French and Spanish.