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Table 2 Summary of themes and sub-themes in thematic analysis

From: Management information systems for community based interventions to improve health: qualitative study of stakeholder perspectives

Main themes Minor categories Explanation
Access to MIS Collecting and inputting data Participants spoke about data collection as a predominantly paper based exercise, although this was seen as pragmatic and cost driven, rather than ideal.
Setting and time of MIS access Data entry was usually an office based procedure, whereas review and analysis might rely on remote access. Modern technology facilitated multiple simultaneous use
Reasons for stakeholder access Access for data input, administration, monitoring and evaluation was described
Support and training in MIS use Both formal and informal training were reported with the need for training to be an ongoing process.
Usability and value of MIS Ease of use and ability to accommodate different levels of expertise and confidence were explained.
Data and its function Confidence in the data Data quality was a frequent theme that included accurate and secure data with consistency of MIS use, safeguards and ‘back –up’
Data processing Data cleaning, extraction, analysis and linkage were explored
Use of the data Use of MIS data in administration, monitoring the progress of individual participants and monitoring the progress of the entire project were described.
Development and updating of the MIS Procurement of the MIS, The cost complexity and ownership of procured MIS were important aspects of this theme
Specificity of the MIS, degree to which it is bespoke or generic Both fairly simple (built on generic platforms) and complex, bespoke MIS were described.
Stakeholder involvement in the development of the MIS There was consensus on the need to involve different stakeholders in MIS development from the outset. And the complexity of preserving data integrity within a ‘live’ data collection environment was acknowledged.