In many countries, existing policymaking processes often unfold without the benefit of data and evidence. Too often data are “left on the shelf” and potentially compelling insights that could drive new policies and programs that improve health, increase impact and lower costs are overlooked.  Please click here to learn about our Data to Policy Program, our effort to support data-driven policymaking.

Data-to-Policy Course

Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative
The Initiative, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Government of Australia, is providing technical assistance to 20 low- and middle-income countries worldwide to improve public health data systems.

The Data Impact Program, focusing on data use, is one of three Initiative components; the other two components focus on data collection and quality: improving civil registration and vital statistics systems and developing new tools for noncommunicable disease risk factor surveillance.

CDC Initiatives

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data Impact initiatives focus on improving data communications. The training Art & Science of Scientific Communications enhances the scientific communication skills of in-country public health officials. CDC and the CDC Foundation also work with Ministries of Health or other government entities to develop and produce Public Health Bulletins -country-owned publications that can serve as the voice of the government to minimize public health threats in an authoritative and timely manner.

CDC and Vital Strategies Joint Initiatives

The Data to Policy (D2P) program, jointly developed by CDC and Vital Strategies, trains government health staff to use data to develop policy briefs to advance priorities identified by governments. The training process features e-learning, in person training sessions, and several weeks of mentoring by CDC and Vital Strategies trainers. Participants develop advanced analytical skills and learn quantitative methods necessary to use data to inform policy. At the completion of the D2P training, mentors support participants to finalize their policy briefs, which are presented to government officials and other relevant stakeholders during policy forums.