Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Improvement Data Validation in South Africa
With PEPFAR funding, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project implemented a continuous quality improvement (CQI) program in South Africa from 2014 to 2016 to optimize quality performance among clinicians providing voluntary male circumcision under USAID and U. S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs. The VMMC CQI program, as with all modern quality improvement initiatives, relies on accurate data on indicators of service delivery performance to drive changes in processes of care for optimal results. For this reason, it is important for those implementing CQI to understand the quality of data they are using and implement corrective actions if deficits in data accuracy are detected. This report discusses an evaluation of data quality conducted from June 2014 to December 2016 and outlines efforts made to improve data quality during that period.