Vision, Mission & Strategic Objectives


To be a trusted source for evidence supporting and evaluating progress towards health and development goals.


To lead a coordinated approach by the world’s health and demographic surveillance systems to provide timely longitudinal evidence across the range of transitioning settings to understand and improve population health and development policy and practice.

Strategic Objectives

  1. Enhance the INDEPTH Network's capabilities: INDEPTH will seek to invest to improve and expand the underlying longitudinal tracking platform, while continuing to ensure that the research is ethically sound and sensitive to local circumstances.
  2. Conduct cutting-edge multi-centre research, leveraging its longitudinal tracking: INDEPTH will seek to stimulate, facilitate and conduct cutting-edge multi-centre health and demographic research across member Centres.
  3. Enrich and guide policy that is community responsive and closely linked to the SDGs: INDEPTH will continue to generate evidence and facilitate the translation of INDEPTH findings to enrich and provide evidence on policy, programs and practice
  4. Strengthen capacity of INDEPTH member Centres and researchers to conduct high quality longitudinal health and demographic studies, analyse and present the data appropriately.
  5. Build effective partnerships: lNDEPTH will work with key national and international partners including statistics offices, local government, health and development ministries and agencies, as well as relevant research and educational institutions, to improve the well-being of the populace and be relevant in the district, region and country in which they operate.

Value Proposition

INDEPTH's on-going longitudinal health and demographic tracking across the Network of independent population-based Centres operating in different systems and cultures enable our scientists and scientific partners to offer a unique vehicle for the study of the impact of policy and practice and the development and validation of effective interventions

Competitive Advantage

  1. It is a unique Network of HDSS Centres, independently:
  • Conducting longitudinal population-based tracking
  • Comparing data across different systems and cultures
  • Leveraging the collective value of data across Sites
  1. It has a record of successfully conducting important multi-site research using longitudinal, population-based tracking.
  2. It can link member Centres with health and other policy-makers to magnify research findings and enable evidence-based decisions.
  • As a result, it is well-positioned to support stakeholders focused on leveraging accurate data and assessing key SDGs
  1. It represents – and strengthens – its community of scientists by harnessing expertise, improving training, enhancing career paths, and sharing data


  1. Promote the importance and value of population-based longitudinal data, information and research by improving messaging and evidence for the scientific and policy communities.
  2. Deepen the scope of monitoring across the Network, by implementing new tools to efficiently track a wider array of population information.
  3. Develop new partnerships with LMIC governments, agencies and universities to support population-based data operations. Ensure balanced and effective relationships with institutions in higher income countries.
  4. Expand the extent of cross-network coordination, both by streamlining and speeding the process of collecting and reviewing the data collected, as well as by increasing opportunities for cross-Centre studies.
  5. Produce a regularly-updated set of INDEPTH-wide products and studies leveraging the full array of HDSS research, intervention, evaluation, and surveillance initiatives