Information design is both a technical skill and an art form. To design great visualizations requires a diverse range of skill sets and a keen ability to understand the decisions to be made, the data available, the tools and platforms available for visualization design, and how to apply design best practices to create effective visualizations that communicate clearly. Even the most robust routine health information systems face challenges around how to visualize data in a way that facilitates decision-making by key stakeholders.
During this RHINO forum, we’ll discuss critical considerations in visualizing routine health data, examples of effective data dashboards and decision support systems, and opportunities for innovation around information design in RHIS looking forward. Our discussion will explore data visualization within RHIS through human, technology, organizational, and design lenses, rather than focusing narrowly on data dashboards alone.
The forum will kick off on Tuesday, March 28 with a webinar, and will be facilitated in the RHINO Forum from March 28-April 7. Signing up for the forum is easy, and the forum conversations are open to anyone interested.
The data viz forum will be moderated by a trio of data visualization design experts, each of whom bring a unique perspective and set of design skills.
Your Moderators:Amanda Makulec, MPH works at the intersection of data analysis, visualization, and storytelling. As a Visual Analytics Advisor at John Snow Inc., Amanda has worked on design projects and conducted workshops for clients across the US and more than a dozen countries, and is passionate about working with teams to find creative ways to promote the use of data for social good. Her work has included applying design thinking to RHIS challenges around data use and managing the development of a custom DHIS2 application for routine health data visualization. She has a BA in Zoology and Sociology from Miami University and an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health.
Michael Edwards, PhD, MPH is currently working as a Biostatistician and Senior Health Informatics Advisor for the JSI International Division and the MEASURE Evaluation Project. He has over 30 years of experience in the design and development of computerized health and geographic information systems, including computerized systems in Morocco, Eritrea, Niger, Djibouti, Haïti and Kenya. These systems feature innovative decision support systems, which allow decision-makers to visually analyze program indicators in a series of tables, graphs and maps, and are functional at the national, regional, district and even service delivery levels.
Tiana Jaramillo is an information systems and M&E specialist with extensive experience in public health, food security, nutrition, and education programs. She has over 10 years of technical capacity in the design, development, and implementation of M&E systems, from data requirement analysis to testing and system rollout. She has led ICT teams to apply information technology solutions to align institutional system structure and data requirements effectively—minimizing unnecessary costs and avoiding duplication and redundancy. She has also worked closely with program management to enhance local capacity to use data for decision making and planning.