We are excited to announce the launch of our third call for reported results! For those of you who are new to CHMI and the reported results initiative, let me get you up to speed.
Over the past year, we have begun to survey program managers to collect information about the performance of programs profiled in our database. Is the program decreasing the cost of a health care visit the patient? Is it increasing the utilization of essential services in a given area? Is it improving the efficiency with which a service is delivered? While third-party evaluations traditionally provide answers to these questions, they are very costly and require a lot of resources to complete. Recognizing these limitations, CHMI is asking implementers to report any and all available information about the performance of their program – data that is often collected internally (perhaps sitting in a drawer or a folder on someone’s computer) but is not reported and shared.
What do we mean by reported results? These are quantifiable measures of program performance across a number of key categories such as a cost, quality, and health outcome. For example, BlueStar Pilipinas, a family planning and reproductive health franchise in the Philippines, has sold 96,558 IUDs, 124,900 pill cycles, 63,499 injectables, and 169,956 condoms from September 2008 to September 2011, amounting to 536,466 Couple Years Protection (CYPs). Furthermore, the franchise has increased modern contraceptive use from 70% to 97% in its program area.
In Mexico, Clinical de Azúcar, a chain of low-cost diabetes management clinics that provide accessible preventative and supportive care to the underserved Mexicans, has reduced the annual cost of care by 60%, from $700 USD to less than $250 USD. Furthermore, for 95% of the patients served in the first 2 months, it was the first time they had access to a specialized diabetes care.
These are two of over 120 programs that have reported results available on their CHMI profile. Each program’s results are prominently displayed in a highlighted box on the right-hand side of the program profile. Furthermore, CHMI users can search for programs reporting results through the filters on the CHMI Programs page. Not convinced? Here are a couple of additional reasons why you should participate:
- Improve your global visibility. More than 130,000 people have used CHMI’s website. Programs with reported results are posted on CHMI’s home page and promoted on the blog.
- Be highlighted in a CHMI publication. Programs reporting results are much more likely to be featured in CHMI’s annual Highlights series.
- Funders care about results. Donors and investors look to fund programs that measure and report their results. CHMI also periodically highlights programs to potential funders based on whether the programs report results. John Simon, the founder of Total Impact Advisors, recently commented “CHMI is such a wealth of information that [can] become deals/ investments, there’s nothing out there like it. And while many programs don't have firm data on their impact, it is often sufficient to see evidence that innovators are thinking about their impact.”
Now, you’ve read this blog and see the benefit of submitting and keeping your results up to date. Where do you go from here? To share new or updated results with CHMI, either complete this online form or fill out and return the attached word document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us and we look forward to receiving your submission!
Disclaimer: The success of an initiative is driven by a variety of factors, and further research is needed to comprehensively review program performance. However, we hope that collecting and reporting results will help contribute to these broader efforts and place the global health community a step closer to determining the impact of promising models.