In 2011, PSI began its search for a better Management Information System (MIS). Until then, we’d been using a different MIS in every country. Even within countries we’d have different systems for different projects. We were stuck with highly customized systems for every project; a mix of a Microsoft Excel, Access, and other tools. Programs were cobbling together pieces of information to see trends and analyze their programs. Accessing data like this wasn’t very efficient.
All of these unique, siloed systems led PSI to reflect upon two larger questions: how does PSI want to engage with its information, both locally and globally? And how do we want data to influence both the strategic and everyday program questions that PSI tackles?
We chose DHIS2 for its ability to collect, manage, and visualize information.This system makes it easier for our programs to collect information and make data-driven decisions. It’s an incredibly powerful and flexible resource!
For example, users can set up their own entry forms, indicators and reports. DHIS2 is easily integrated with other interfaces. We especially liked that data collection and monitoring can be adapted for all program areas, including referrals, health services, sales and distribution.