Beyond periodic polio programme data, a lot of information can be drawn from other programme sources.
- Pre-campaign preparedness reports and checklists (assess the status of polio campaign planning)
- Supervisory data of social mobilization networks (track social mobilization performance)
- Outbreak assessment reports (evaluate the status of polio outbreak response)
- Technical Advisory Group reports (provide a comprehensive review of polio eradication activities in certain country or region);
- Independent Monitoring reports (suggest a critical review of polio eradication programme globally);
- Staff mission reports (provide findings and recommendations from individual and group missions)
There are also data sources from partner immunization programmes, including Effective Vaccine Management (EVM), Gavi joint appraisals, Surveillance Reviews, and others. These data may give a broader perspective on the status of the routine immunization programme with their challenges, barriers and planned strategic approaches to address them.
Reviewing basic political, economic, demographic, historical, and cultural information about a country or a region will provide a broad context and establish an understanding of the macro-environment where immunization issues are positioned. For example, positioning and priority for immunization in fragile and insecure contexts would be different from the middle-income and developing countries, warranting the use of very specific communication approaches.
Explore the other two learning modules in this 3-step tutorial to design evidence-driven communication strategies to help vaccinate every child.