Since I’ve been working part-time for the last few months, I’ve tried to focus my efforts on just a small number of very distinct projects. One of them was our big deliverable for this, our final year of the Capacity Project: the HRIS Strengthening Implementation Toolkit. The Toolkit is a distillation of everything we’ve learned and developed over the last 5 years of HRIS strengthening work in sub-Saharan Africa. It comprises tools, case studies, briefs and resources for implementing our HR information systems strengthening process from start to finish (although in truth, the process is never finished).
We created print and electronic forms of the Toolkit. The print version comes in a snazzy three-hole binder so that you can photocopy tools, attach notes, etc. The electronic version, distributed on our website as well as on flash drives and CD-ROMs, also includes the Windows version of our iHRIS Suite of HR information system solutions, as well as all of the software documentation.
So far, the Toolkit has been getting good reviews from our donor, USAID, and it has been distributed to WHO’s Health Workforce Observatory list. Next week, it will debut at the HRIS Strengthening workshop our team is holding in Arusha, Tanzania. I’m proud of the Toolkit, which I produced in collaboration with a great team of folks. I know it wouldn’t have been possible to put together something like this and coordinate all the inputs and editing without the focus I’ve given to it over the past 6 months.
Although I am still working on some minor projects for our HRIS strengthening project, namely expanding our knowledge base and improving our software documentation, I don’t have another big project on the horizon yet to replace this one. I am sure the right project will present itself at the right time, but for now I am grateful for the downtime.