Primary Health Care (PHC) Measurement for Improvement Indicator Inventory

The Primary Health Care (PHC) Measurement for Improvement Collaborative was launched in partnership with the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) in April 2016, with the goal of developing practical tools and approaches to improve country-level measurement of PHC performance, address priority measurement gaps, and develop strategies for better utilization of measurement to drive improvements in the PHC system.

To this end, the group has developed a PHC indicator inventory, intended to serve as a menu of measures currently utilized by countries, inclusive of routine systems and national surveys and complemented by globally recognized indicators, to allow countries to review indicators, identify gaps, then learn from example indicators other countries are using to measure PHC performance. The inventory is organized according to PHCPI's Conceptual Framework for PHC, which outlines the key inputs, service delivery processes, and goals of an effective PHC system.

In addition to the inventory itself, users will find an instruction manual and collection template. The inventory is intended to be a “living” tool that will be regularly updated with additional country indicators and as the global indicator sets evolve. Individuals interested in submitting indicators from their country may complete the collection template and email it to Allyson English at AEnglish@R4D.org with their name, title, and organization. 

Strong PHC depends on data that are routinely available and comparable within and across countries. This tool is a critical first step to increasing the availability of data in important areas of PHC delivery. 

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