14.3. Indicator-driven data collection

Since indicators are more suited for analysis compared to data elements, the calculation of indicators should be the main driving force for collection of data. A usual situation is that much data is collected but never used in any indicator, which significantly reduces the usability of the data. Either the captured data elements should be included in indicators used for management or they should probably not be collected at all.

For implementation purposes, a list of indicators used for management should be defined and implemented in DHIS2. For analysis, training should focus on the use of indicators and why these are better suited than data elements for this purpose.