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Data interpretation guide

Analysis of surveillance data is in itself insufficient to lead to evidence-based decision-making. IDSR staff must be able to interpret analyzed data to understand disease trends, detect unusual events or patterns, and evaluate the success of intervention efforts. To assist district staff, a 2-page data interpretation guide was developed as a job aid to accompany the district IDSR data management and analysis tool. The guide was produced as a 2-sided laminated reference card to be kept next to the computer used for IDSR data management and analysis, and is meant to aid the IDSR focal person to interpret graphs produced by the software. The guide includes an overview of general data interpretation issues and steps, as well as questions to ask when reviewing morbidity, mortality, and reporting timeliness and completeness data.

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