The PCF Dashboard is a data analytics tool developed as a DHIS2 metadata package to facilitate data accessibility and analysis, support country ownership and management of data (at national and sub-national levels) with role-based access control. It serves readily accessible people-centered data in an easy to view format available for participatory decision making and the wider use of consolidated data along the continuum of care for NSP development.
There are two core components of the PCF Dashboard:
- Data entry form: The data entry form is where countries can enter and edit data to be used for the PCF process. The data entry form is split into several sections, each of which aligns with the primary sections of the PCF framework
- Dashboard: The dashboard contains all of the visuals that are created based on the data in the data entry form. The visuals are pre-populated and automatically updated once data is entered into the data entry form. For users with proper permissions and experience with DHIS2, the visuals can also be customized and edited based on the country’s needs.
When should the PCF Dashboard be used?
The PCF Dashboard will be useful throughout the PCF process, but there are several steps within the process which the PCF Dashboard was specifically designed to support such as the data consolidation.
- Data Consolidation: The third step in the PCF process – the data consolidation step – is the first place where countries should use the PCF dashboard. This is where people will first start gathering important data points, entering those data points into the data entry form and populating visuals to be used in subsequent steps.
- Stakeholder Consultative Workshops: These workshops bring together stakeholders from across the TB community to review, discuss and begin the process of translating data and evidence into the outline of a new NSP. During these consultative workshops, countries will want to have the PCF Dashboard visuals completely populated and available to be shared with stakeholders who are part of the workshops.
- Prioritization and Optimization: While much of this step will likely be driven by discussions and modeling exercises, the data in the PCF data entry form will be helpful to have as a reference throughout the process.
How can we access and use the PCF Dashboard?
The PCF Dashboard can be downloaded as a meta data package and directly installed into a country’s existing DHIS2 system. For more details on how to download, install and use the package see installation and user manuals below and demonstration videos below.
Installation and User Manuals:
- Understanding & Installing the PCF Dashboard Metadata Package
- DHIS2 Fundamentals & the PCF Dashboard Data Entry
- PCF Dashboard Analytics – Part 1
- PCF Dashboard Analytics – Part 2
- PCF Dashboard Presentation-Part 1 – Introduction and Dashboard Background
- PCF Dashboard Presentation-Part 2 – Dashboard Demo
- PCF Dashboard Presentation-Part 3 – Installation and Analytics Platform
Where is the data for the PCF Dashboard stored?
Once the DHIS2 metadata package is installed in a country’s local DHIS2 system all PCF Dashboard data will be stored in the same place that the rest of the country’s DHIS2 data is stored. All data entered into the PCF Dashboard remains locally stored within that country’s DHIS2 system. only an administrator of that system within the country can decide to share access to the PCF Dashboard with other partners.
How is the PCF Dashboard managed?
Once the PCF Dashboard metadata package is installed on a local DHIS2 instance, the PCF Dashboard is entirely managed by the country program responsible for managing DHIS2. There will need to be at least one team member designated as an administrator of the PCF Dashboard and that person will be responsible for adding new users to the dashboard in a view or edit capacity. See here for more information on managing roles within DHIS2.