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Here’s what the subnational data revolution looks like

Data Zetu is driven to produce data use stories—tangible examples of local communities and governments using data to inform better decision-making, particularly to improve health, economic growth, and gender outcomes.

Read some of these use stories below. Others were captured at the December 2017 Data Tamasha in a booklet that captured use stories from Data Zetu as well as its sister projects—view it here.

Allocating resources at an overcrowded hospital in Dar es Salaam
To prioritize budgets and patient needs, a pediatrician helps health workers analyze an “overwhelming” amount of data from a new electronic system.
Data journalism meets community radio in Tanzania
Mbeya Highlands FM, a community radio station in Mbeya region, is using digital tools to publish data-driven stories about health and education in Tanzania.
Dispensary construction: A community data driven initiative
After data from community meetups elevated health care to the top of his priorities, a local government leader in rural Tanzania is converting his office into a medicine dispensary.
Eradicating data discrepancies to support people living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania
After building skills working with and cleaning data, a PEPFAR implementing partner in the Southern Highlands transforms its data management and reporting, reduces inefficiencies, and improves resource allocation.
Layering map data to increase HIV testing and counseling services
A PEPFAR implementing partner in Tanzania combines community-generated data of nightlife hotspots with health facility locations to improve referrals and assist female sex workers.
Newly-revealed Shina boundaries offer unprecedented hyperlocal data for decision-makers in Tanzania
Community mapping efforts in Dar Es Salaam are enabling local leaders to leverage information about the most granular level of community administration that exists in Tanzania.
One of Tanzania’s largest news organizations pioneers the country’s first “health data desk”
Mwananchi Communications builds a team, infrastructure, and skills to make information about health sector issues accessible to the public via data-driven storytelling.
Using a data mural to fight drug abuse in Dar es Salaam
In one of Tanzania’s communities most affected by HIV/AIDS, graffiti artists use data to connect people who use drugs with support services.
Using fashion and data to promote dialog on sexual health
Empowering everyday people with awareness about HIV/AIDS-related challenges in their community, and equipping them with actionable information through creativity, data, and art.