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Here’s what the subnational data revolution looks like

Data Zetu has produced 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 to understand how improved use of data has resulted in real, tangible impact, from improving access to medicine supplies and linking sex workers to HIV testing services to raising awareness about gender-based violence and renovating health centers.

Data use storySector(s)
Generating location data to allocate community workers where they are most needed in the fight against HIV: In the southern highlands of Tanzania, KIHUMBE’s team uses low-cost digital tools to produce maps and manage data to more efficiently allocate their limited resources to reduce HIV/AIDS.HIV/AIDS; Community mapping; Citizen-generated data
Linking data and art to promote dialogue on gender-based violence: 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.Gender-based violence; Fashion; Creative industries
Strengthening Tanzania’s subnational data ecosystem: As authority over planning and implementation of development efforts transitions to local governments, subnational actors build their data literacy to achieve their objectives.Data literacy
Tanzania’s National Bureau of Statistics gets hands-on with the tools and techniques that power citizen-generated data: Tanzania’s primary coordinating agencies for national statistics and local government build familiarity with open-source tools and methods that could transform how community-mapped location information is validated and used.National statistics; Citizen-generated data
Upgrading Amana Hospital’s medical records system to enhance patient origin tracking: Small but mighty tweaks to a major hospital’s electronic health information system (eHIS) are helping clinical staff to more accurately track where patients come from—making it easier to locate disease outbreaks and manage care.Health; Data management; Citizen-generated data
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.Data journalism; Health
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.
HIV/AIDS; Creative industries; Art
Using radio to spark dialog and awareness about sexual health for young women in Tanzania: In rural Tanzania in communities at high risk of HIV/AIDS, citizens tune into a new radio show, Thamani ya Binti (“Value of a Girl”), which uses data about sexual and reproductive health to catalyze discussion and raise awareness.Gender; HIV/AIDS; Media; Radio
Aligning investments to community needs in western Tanzania: In a PEPFAR priority district flagged for its high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, local leaders use data about citizen priorities to help allocate 400,000,000 Tanzania Shillings to renovate a health centre facility in their community.Health; Citizen-generated data
Citizen priorities in rural Tanzania inform district medical officer’s health investments: When presented with community-generated data about low supplies of essential medicines in Kyela District, a local official acted to improve the availability and accessibility of these supplies through a new medicine fund and supply center.Health; Citizen-generated data
Developing Tanzanias first subnational data roadmap: In rural Tanzania where data-informed decisions can transform the battle against HIV/AIDS, Kyela District Council is developing an action plan to amplify evidence-based planning for improved service delivery.Statistics
Digitizing data to improve advocacy for people who use drugs: A support organization for people who use drugs, who are at higher risk of transmitting HIV, digitizes its data collection and management process to advocate more effectively on behalf of the people it serves.Data digitization; Health; Drug abuse; HIV/AIDS
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.Data journalism; Media; Radio; Health; Education
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.Citizen-generated data; Health
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.Data digitization; HIV/AIDS; Health
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.Citizen-generated data; Statistics;