CHMI identifies, analyzes and disseminates information on programs using Health Market Innovations in order to better understand the prevalence and distribution of different types of programs and enable further analysis.
CHMI collects information about programs using Health Market Innovations through three channels:
Partner organizations continuously identify and profile programs in 16 countries, analyze selected programs through in-depth case studies, and engage with local partners and existing networks to ensure greater credibility and more efficient access to information.
Continuous literature reviews help CHMI staff identify new programs globally. Many of CHMI’s Global Collaborators generate this primary data. Where possible, CHMI verifies information with people running programs via phone interviews and email.
Collaborative community contributions from people managing programs CHMI has not yet documented. Anyone can join CHMI and add a new program and update information on programs already profiled. New program profiles and changes are reviewed for accuracy and relevance to CHMI’s criteria.
CHMI uses a standardized web-based template to capture key data points about each program. When available, in-depth case studies and program evaluations are uploaded to the profiles to provide further details. Collected information is stored in CHMI’s dynamic database, a live repository of program data that can easily be expanded and updated by CHMI partners and other users.
CHMI’s geographic scope includes low- and middle-income countries around the world. CHMI has in-country partners in the Andean region of Latin America (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru), Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Eastern Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda), India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, and Vietnam.
How accurate is the CHMI database?
Although CHMI partners make every attempt to directly connect with program implementers, some of the information presented on the site is self-reported or gleaned from secondary sources. To be as transparent as possible, CHMI rates the quality of the information source on program profiles using the following guidelines:
- High: Interview with a program manager and/or a site visit
- Medium: High-quality program website or a trusted secondary source (e.g., published report, presentation)
- Low: Secondary online sources or other publicly available resources where the author or date cannot be verified
How comprehensive is the CHMI database?
To our knowledge the CHMI database is currently the most complete source of information about Health Market Innovations. We recognize that it is still very much a work in progress that will continue to grow over time through contributions by CHMI in-country partners and users of this website, as well as continuous literature reviews.
Although global in scope, there is a higher concentration of programs in countries landscaped by CHMI partner organizations. Thus, the distribution of programs in the CHMI database does not necessarily represent the distribution of programs globally.