Allocating sufficient time for the data consolidation process is essential to ensure that all relevant data and evidence are included. Typically, data consolidation will require allocating at least 20 days for two members of the M&E team of the NTP over a period of 2-8 weeks to conduct the activities in this process. For sub-national level data consolidation, M&E staff from each respective subnational level is required.
Access to existing electronic surveillance systems, health information systems, databases, dashboards, and similar will shorten the time requirement considerably and will potentially further facilitate level and geographic disaggregation of results.
The right people, tools and location for the team is important to ensure the objectives of the data consolidation process is achieved. These include (but are not limited to):
- Venue costs for a small group of data consolidation team (if department facilities are limited)
- Reliable internet connection
- PC with wide desktop screen or projector for common data viewing
A foundational requirement for this process is a good understanding of the data. Other skills and knowledge required to make the process more efficient are:
- Good understanding of the TB epidemiology in the country
- Thorough understanding of the evidence presently available in country, and forthcoming evidence
- Familiarity with the TB continuum of care related data indicators and their interpretation
- Familiarity with the Patient Pathway Analysis (PPA)
- Familiarity with WHO guidelines TB epidemiological reviews and the Surveillance Standards & Benchmarks
- Good understanding of non-health data that are related to TB
- Skills in visualizing data and key findings from the data consolidation along the continuum of care.
Sufficient time should be provided for thee core NSP team to review the key findings from the data consolidation. Anticipating that all data are available to populate the data consolidation tools we suggest planning one month to complete the data consolidation and another month for review and updating the tools and findings. Where data is not readily available and accessible extra time (1 month) extra should be allocated to the process, and where subnational level data consolidation is conducted, the overall process may require additional time. The more subnational levels, the longer the preparation time required. We suggest the national and subnational data consolidation be conducted in parallel.
- Where all data is available to populate the data consolidation tool, we suggest to use first month to complete the data consolidation and the second month for the review and update of the tools and findings.
- Routine automation would considerably shorten this process!
Last Update: Thursday, September 2, 2021