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Can data and evidence sharing help us develop an outcomes ecosystem?


The International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (INDIGO) is an emerging data collaborative interested in sharing data about the design, implementation and evaluation of outcome-based projects. INDIGO’s ambition is to support the creation and use of quality data by policymakers, NGOs, citizen advocates and anyone who is addressing or is interested in complex social problems. Learn more about INDIGO here

The International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (INDIGO) peer learning group is about building shared culture and standards around data in social outcome-based projects. The group meets quarterly and is a forum for civic tech enthusiasts, policy-makers and other actors in cross-sector partnerships for social outcomes to work together towards better data for better social outcomes. The sessions are run by Mara Airoldi, GO Lab Academic Director, and Juliana Outes, GO Lab Data Steward. Read more about the INDIGO initiative here

Session Recording

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Session overview

We explored how data and evidence can help grow an outcomes ecosystem by using the case of the Imagine SIB, the first outcomes-based contract (OBC) in South Africa, launched by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), with full outcomes funding being provided by government. The SAMRC has brought together and contracted the stakeholders including the investor, implementer and government. The SAMRC has combined the roles of intermediary and outcomes funder during the implementation of the SOBC.

The Imagine SOBC programme is an innovative, evidence-based intervention to empower vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to improve their sexual health and wellbeing, by providing a comprehensive package of targeted interventions that help AGYW imagine a brighter future for themselves. It will be provided in 14 high schools across two sub districts in South Africa and aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Reduction of HIV incidence in AGYW through the provision of PrEP and related prevention interventions.
  • Reduction in unintended pregnancies among AGYW through the provision of contraception services and related pregnancy prevention interventions.
  • Increased rate of viral suppression in HIV+ AGYW through the optimization of testing, initiation and retention on treatment and adherence support; and
  • Improved prenatal and post-natal care to in-school AGYW who become pregnant to facilitate early antenatal booking and optimal maternity outcomes and return to school post-delivery where possible.

This session was organised by our partners at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). Petro Rousseau, Data Steward in South Africa, summarised speakers' insights and contributions in this article.