23 March 2018 - Collaborating, learning and adapting are vital to ensure the effectiveness of development programs. The USAID SHIFT project is helping meet these tenets through its innovative approaches to data analysis, feedback, and monitoring systems. The project and its predecessor (USAID SMART TA) were the first to employ Microsoft’s PowerBI platform to converge data streams for PEPFAR program reporting and provide interactive, online data dashboards. Within one year from its launch, more than 20 FHI 360 country programs were using PowerBI dashboards modeled after SMART TA and SHIFT. This month the project is showcasing its efforts to strengthen and streamline provincial health monitoring systems through the “One M&E Model” at MERLTech – a monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and technology forum through which specialists in the development sector interact learn from one another’s experiences and innovations. The USAID SHIFT program is gaining recognition for its efforts to maximize data for decision making and strengthen local health information systems. MERLTech organizers provided a scholarship to ensure the project’s participation in this year’s forum. USAID SHIFT will continue learning from, adapting, and evolving its data analysis tools and information system strengthening strategies to improve program effectiveness and local partner capacity.