Introducing our Technical Guidance note on Using HMIS Data in MEAL

CanWaCH is thrilled to present our latest guidance note! Through this guide, our hope is to provide the global health sector with key, relevant technical guidance on best practices in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for health and rights programming, such as the use of Health Management Information System (HMIS) data. It is based on needs identified throughout interactions and consultations with colleagues from CanWaCH member and partner organizations.

This guidance note was developed to support implementing organizations partnering with international donors and host country governments who work to improve the health and rights of populations, especially women and girls. More specifically, it is intended for all those involved in project and program monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) processes during the life-cycle of any initiative, including MEAL practitioners, as well as program and project managers. Funding and government agencies constitute a secondary audience, as they may find this guide helpful in their own work. It can also be shared with partners in countries of implementation to support discussion of key issues in data collaboration.

As you read and refer to this note, please keep in mind that it is a first edition, “evergreen” document with potential to continue improving and evolving from our collective learning. As such, this note is under active review and consultation, and recommendations are encouraged. Please contact CanWaCH at [email protected] to participate in this process.


June 22, 2023