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Our Expertise: Health

Surfacing Valuable Information

How do policymakers, local leaders, or community members make decisions when data that supports public health is unreliable, difficult to use, or does not exist? When resources are scarce or data is not actionable, making decisions for public health is challenging.

Supporting Public Health

We work with communities and policymakers to identify gaps, encourage greater data use, and train healthcare workers and decision-makers. Through visual tools, data landscaping, and guidance on data use, DG helps communities see how and where investments in data, tools, or interventions can support public health.

Focusing on Outcomes

Our partnerships in health programming help to highlight patterns and gaps to identify underlying factors that are important to improved health outcomes.

Data for Health Systems

Many community health systems are under-resourced, with overworked clinic staff that rely on health officials to allocate limited funding to vulnerable populations. We work with partners to implement cost-effective, sustainable systems that can assist with workload, support useful data reporting, and surface patterns to strengthen healthcare delivery.

Informing Policymakers

When data is unavailable or unreliable, policymakers are less able to make informed decisions in the best interest of the public. We work to fill the data gaps by building systems that present data for easy analysis and resource allocation.

Building Data Visualizations

Built through a collaborative process, DG’s health data visualization tools often focus on the most vulnerable — women and children, adolescents, and newborns — to help advocates, policymakers, and community members better understand and show others where interventions and investments could make a difference.

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Highlights

The Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI)
The Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI)

The Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) was launched in 2019 and is implemented by Development Gateway: An IREX Venture, in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products and funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. TCDI aims to supply governments, civil society, and academia with improved access to country-specific data that will inform better tobacco control policy design and implementation. The program has built national websites that present data from different sources, including primary data collected through TCDI and existing secondary data made publicly available and papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

2019 - Present
Data on Youth and Tobacco in Africa (DaYTA)
Data on Youth and Tobacco in Africa (DaYTA)

Through our Data on Youth and Tobacco in Africa (DaYTA) program, DG seeks to advance tobacco control efforts by gathering accurate data on tobacco use among 10- to 17-year-olds in Kenya, Nigeria, and the DRC. In collaboration with partners in governments, civil society, and academia, the DaYTA program will empower decision-makers to make timely, data-driven policies that, in turn, can lead to a healthier populace.

2022 - Present Advise, Research
PREMAND: Preventing Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Northern Ghana
PREMAND: Preventing Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Northern Ghana

The PREMAND dashboard highlights interactions of social, cultural, and geographic factors in contributing to maternal and neonatal health outcomes. The flexible tool serves a range of users: from district health policymakers to local community leaders. It translates highly technical research data into an easily-understandable map, to make this information approachable and usable by decision-makers at all levels.

2017 - 2018 Build

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Balancing Needs: Three Insights in Building a Co-Design Approach Across Multiple Countries

In reflecting on DG’s first year of the DaYTA program, we’ve identified three insights on how best to co-design with stakeholders representing multiple countries.

February 29, 2024 Health
Announcing TCDI 2.0: In Partnership with the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa

DG is excited to announce that not only is our Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) continuing for another four years but we have selected the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) to be our sustainability partner throughout the second phase of TCDI!

February 27, 2024 Health
DG’s Tobacco Control Data Initiative: Reflecting on the First Four Years (Part 1)

As we reach the end of the first four years of TCDI, we reflect on what we’ve accomplished and take stock of lessons we learned while sharing tobacco control data with officials who are monitoring and passing tobacco control legislation in Africa while working in civil society, academia, and government.

February 6, 2024 Health