HHFA data review, interpretation, and communication

The Harmonized Health Facility Assessment (HHFA) is a comprehensive health facility survey assessing the availability of health facility services and the capacities of facilities to deliver quality services. This course prepares health professionals at country level to review and interpret the HHFA data, in order to identify the gaps or weaknesses in health facility services, monitor progress in service delivery systems, and make recommendations to policy-makers for strengthening health systems.

The HHFA Comprehensive guide is the key reference document for this course.

Language: English
Health topic

Course information


The HHFA generates a wealth of information that can inform policy-making, planning and management of health services. Its findings are complex; they need to be understood, summarized, translated into clear key messages, and communicated to decision-makers. Data interpretation and communication are crucial, but often neglected components of the survey process. This course aims to address these gaps.

The course targets ministry of health (MoH) planners and managers, as well as partners. It aims to enable them to describe, understand, and extract meaning from the information collected and, combined with other data sources and contextual knowledge, to communicate the key messages in effective ways to decision-makers and managers of the MoH and its partners.

The HHFA Comprehensive guide is the key reference document for this course.

Course duration

Approximately 4.5 hours


A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment.

Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

What you'll learn

  • describe what interpretation means;
  • describe the cycle of data exploration and interpretation;
  • critically examine the tables, charts and maps, describe what the data show, and select the most relevant findings;
  • compare the indicators with findings from previous facility surveys;
  • recognize trends and patterns;
  • describe how to triangulate the data;
  • use contextual information;
  • recognize and document data limitations and biases;
  • define preliminary conclusions and recommendations;
  • define the products and mechanisms for communicating the findings to the different decision-makers and managers;
  • describe the best communication practices.

Course contents

  • Course introduction:

    An introduction to this course on the HHFA data review, interpretation, and communication.
  • Module 1: HHFA introduction:

    This module will provide a brief overview of the HHFA and its tools, and an introduction to this course.
  • Module 2: HHFA data processing and analysis :

    This module will introduce the HHFA data analysis platform and its outputs.
  • Module 3: HHFA data review and description:

    This module will explore review and description of the data analysis platform outputs.
  • Module 4: HHFA data interpretation:

    This module will introduce HHFA data interpretation concepts.
  • Module 5: Communication of HHFA results:

    This module will focus on HHFA communication products and methods.
  • Assessment:

    There are 15 questions in this quiz-based assessment. The questions are a recap of the content covered in Modules 1 to 5. You must score 80% to pass.
  • Resources:

    This section links to resources with more information on the HHFA.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.