The ultimate goal of gathering disease intelligence is to empower decision-makers to lead and manage their programmes more effectively by providing timely, useful health related data through surveillance and/or monitoring and evaluation systems. Increasingly, top managers in ministries of health and finance in developing countries and donor agencies are recognising that data from effective surveillance and monitoring and evaluation systems are useful for targeting resources and evaluating programs.
Malaria Consortium’s approach to gathering evidence for decision making consists of combining core health-related data, together with high quality information from monitoring and surveillance systems through a robust (impact) evaluation platform to ultimately guide decision-making. The public health objectives and actions needed to make successful interventions determine the design and implementation of surveillance and M&E systems. Weak disease surveillance and M&E systems result in governments lacking up-to-date quality data, and therefore they are unable to inform and guide targeting of the most appropriate public health interventions.
At Malaria Consortium, we understand M&E as a Community of Practice (CoP) that includes a CoP core support team and all staff members that interact with M&E in their course of work. Through our M&E CoP, we ensure the quality and effectiveness of surveillance and M&E activities in Malaria Consortium through leadership and guidance in the following functional areas: (i) quality assurance, (ii) technical support, and (iii) capacity building.