Performance Monitoring for Action

Agency : Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Team Dr. Anoop Khanna, Danish Ahmad, Kshitiz Sisodia, Gargee Gopesh, Sandeep Kumar, Narendra Singh Shekhawat, Punit Soni, Ojasvi Nath

The Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA ) project uses innovative mobile technology to routinely gather data on family planning and water, sanitation and hygiene. Data are collected at household and facility levels via mobile phones through a network of female Resident Enumerators stationed throughout the country. Resident Enumerators (REs), transfer data by phone to a central server via the mobile data network. In real-time, data are validated, aggregated and prepared into tables and graphs, making results more quickly available to stakeholders as compared to a paper-and-pencil survey. PMA can be integrated into national monitoring and evaluation systems by offering a low-cost, rapid-turnaround survey platform that can be used for various other health data needs. Similar program is also being carried out in 11 different countries of Asia and Africa.

IIHMR University, Jaipur has been implementing the Performance Monitoring for Action  (PMA) in Rajasthan, India, and has set up a Project Management Unit of central staff and deployed a cadre of female Resident Enumerators and primary data collectors. The overall direction and support of PMA is being provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.