Funding brief: Within this call to promote the effective use of timely and relevant data to drive programmatic performance, and thus increase the number of children vaccinated globally, they are looking for innovative ideas in the following areas:
Innovative ideas for improving the measurement approaches for immunization data (e.g., process, equity, coverage indicators) with a focus on data use by program managers, triangulation across data sources, and methods to measure and quantify data use. They are interested in approaches to measure through both routine systems as well as periodic systems.
Innovative ideas that improve service delivery and experience for caregivers and/or healthcare workers during the vaccination session. They will consider funding either:
|1) Innovative ideas for improving measurement of coverage and equity data for use by program staff and managers.
Specifically, their ability to collect data and deliver actionable information at the right time to the appropriate audiences would benefit from:
Incorporating advances in technology to support decision makers in planning and executing program strategies
Integration of immunization data systems, as well as the ability to address data use demands from multiple stakeholders.
Enabling a culture that supports data quality and use e.g. provides feedback on data at multiple levels
Alignment of incentives to promote reporting of accurate data above coverage estimates
|2) Innovative ideas that improve service delivery and experience for caregivers and/or healthcare workers during vaccination sessions.
Questions to consider: What if…improvements in processes such as session set-up, caregiver intake, wait times, and session flow, created a more positive environment for caregiver and healthcare worker interactions?
· What if…new approaches to how health education and information is provided were employed to improve service delivery and caregiver behavior?
· What if… caregivers left sessions empowered with a clear sense of: why immunization matters, when/where they need to return, and how to cope with any side effects their child may experience?
· What if…a number of novel approaches were integrated successfully to reduce missed opportunities for vaccination? These and similar innovations may draw from lean healthcare, design thinking or other approaches, but should have the end goal of improving the experience of caregivers, healthcare workers, or both.
Note: For proposals that respond to the call for innovative ideas to improve service delivery and experience for healthcare workers and caregivers, the effectiveness of the proposed approach should be evaluated in Phase I. (A clear plan for the impact of the approach on client outcomes should be evaluated in Phase II, if subsequent funding is awarded.)
What they are looking for: Successful proposals will include:
● A clear hypothesis underlying the proposed approach to improve immunization programs and/or improving the service delivery experience of beneficiaries;
● Details on the design and pilot testing of the approach in their application;
● A plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the approach for improved measurement of the immunization program and/or improving the service delivery experience of beneficiaries;
● Outline of the design of the proposed approach/intervention; and,
● Innovations that involve building on, disrupting, or adapting existing systems. Successful proposals will describe how their approach would work within existing health systems or what change would need to occur within health systems for their approach to be effective.
Additionally, they will consider proposals in low-income countries that:
● Consider user needs, do not increase burden upon frontline health workers;
● Minimize perverse incentives (including incentives for falsification);
● Minimize human and system errors in data collection/analysis/use;
● Are relevant in multiple developing country settings;
● Data types of interest: all immunization system indicators, e.g., supervision, planning, finance, supply chain, management, demand, coverage, dropout; and,
● Constitute transformative rather than incremental improvements and are deliverable and scalable in low-income countries.
They will not consider funding for:
● Innovative ideas without a clearly-articulated and testable approach;
● Approaches not directly relevant to low-income settings;
● Approaches for which proof of concept cannot be demonstrated within the scope of the GCE Phase 1 award ($100,000 over 18 months);
● Secondary analysis of existing studies or systematic reviews unless there is a clear way in which the analysis can be scaled and will have application for continued measurement in the future;
● Proof of concept studies that do not clearly consider the current context of available financial systems and infrastructure for resource poor health settings. For example, ideas that are tested using expensive devices or require government-issued IDs in a country where few people have them, or to populations which require hospital deliveries in settings where this is not the norm;
● Approaches that circumvent the public sector completely;
● Approaches that focus only on data collection (e.g., optical character recognition, mobile data collection, barcodes);
● Approaches that present significant data safety risks (for mobile solutions, these risks must not be greater than the relative risk inherent in developed world mobile payment systems);
● Approaches which would require a donor’s long-term financial support to sustain;
● Innovative ideas that repeat conventional approaches without novel application (e.g., the development of an electronic immunization register);
● Applications that can only be applied in a single country that are not broadly applicable in multiple countries;
● Approaches that consist solely of training/capacity building for data use/collection;
● Approaches that only focus on traditional data collection types: surveillance, vaccine safety, broader HMIS without components specifically relevant to decision making within immunization programs.
Donor Name: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Funding name: Innovations Driving Programmatic Performance in Immunization: Service Experience and Data Use + Measurement (Round 22)
Deadline: Wednesday, November, 14th, 2018, 11:30 a.m. US Pacific Standard Time
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● Phase I projects have a term of 18 months beginning on the project start date. The amount awarded is up to $100,000 USD.
● Phase II is an opportunity to apply for additional support for projects that demonstrate innovative solutions towards the GCE goals and are critical to on-going foundation strategies. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for Phase II funding of up to $1,000,000 USD with a grant term of up to two (2) years.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: May, 2019
● Phase I: 18 months
● Phase II: Up to two (2) years.
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● GCE is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.
● Upon registration, applicants must provide information about the tax status of their organization as different terms and conditions may apply. You should confirm your organization’s tax status with the appropriate person or group within your organization such as your grants or contracts department, finance, or office of sponsored research. Please select the tax status that most closely reflects your current organization’s status. The foundation may request additional information regarding your tax status and other organizational information. For information about tax statuses, you may check with your own advisors and refer to information provided on the Internal Revenue Service web site at: www.irs.gov.
● Applicants planning to conduct project activities in India may be required to register with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 2010 (FCRA). As part of the foundation’s diligence they may ask for a copy of your organization’s registration under FCRA or a written certification that FCRA registration is not required. Failure to comply with the requirements of FCRA may subject your organization to financial and/or criminal penalties. You should consult with your own advisors to determine whether FCRA applies to your organization or project.
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