Following the two day DHIS 2 Symposium for iNGOs, BAO and Akros will each be hosting two separate training classes at the BAO offices in the House of Sweden in Washington D.C. on February 24th and 25th. You can register for either of the training courses at: http://2016symposium.eventzilla.net.


BAO Systems: Fundamentals of DHIS 2

February 24-25th, 2015

Two-day accelerated course covering the fundamentals of DHIS 2, covering key system design concepts, functionality, data model overview, and intro to analytics. Lessons are presented through brief lectures, worked examples, practice exercises, and class discussions. A laptop will be required. Please see the below descriptions of each day.

Day 1 – DHIS 2 Basic Concepts and Deep Dive on Aggregate
Day one starts with a review of the fundamental concepts of DHIS 2 metadata objects. Participants will learn how these key pieces work together in DHIS 2 to create databases. After an overview of the three data models, participants will then dive deep into the aggregate model, learning how to enter and analyze data. An introduction to the analytic products will also be covered. Lessons will be applied first with a conceptual review, followed by practical exercises.

Day 2 – Basics of System Administration and Sharing
As iNGOs have a variety of user types within DHIS 2, user maintenance and sharing is an essential task to maintain system integrity. Day 2 will begin with user accounts – roles, authorities, and assignments. The afternoon will focus on sharing of objects across the system, including data entry, analytics, and metadata objects. Lessons will again be applied first with conceptual review, followed by practical exercises.

Akros: Consuming data in DHIS 2

February 24-25th, 2015

Two-day course in DHIS 2 data analytics, quality checking, feedback mechanisms, and use case best practices. Lessons are presented through brief lectures, worked examples, practice exercises and class discussions. A laptop will be required. Please see the below descriptions of each day.

Day 1 - Data Analytics and Dashboards
Data has to tell a story, and the visualization techniques employed will dictate the quality of the narrative. Choosing the most appropriate visualization technique to convey a certain message or target a specific audience is key for program success. Furthermore, data is consumed for decision making through clear and concise dashboards (collections of different data visualizations). Through presentations, examples, and exercises with real data, Day 1 will equip participants with an understanding of the various data visualization techniques, analysis concepts, and dashboard creations in DHIS 2.

Day 1 Evening - Fundamentals of System Architecture and System Configuration
This four-hour Data Capture course will teach participants to use DHIS 2 structural foundations, system architecture, data elements, and organizational unit hierarchies, to build live, robust data capture systems. By the end of this course participants will have actually built simple aggregate datasets and patient tracking programs.

Day 2 - Data Quality and Feedback
High data usage requires good data quality. Day 2 will teach participants how to fully utilize the DHIS 2 downstream data analysis tools and key methods for data quality analysis. This course will hone techniques for optimizing data quality, data validation, and tracking data entry errors. This course will also introduce data feedback mechanisms to guide resource allocation and to promote program ownership at the grassroots level.