Funding has been provided from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation subsidize OpenLMIS ‘Study Tours’ for Ministries of Health (MoH) staff and other stakeholders who are considering an OpenLMIS implementation or expanding upon an existing implementation. A Study Tour is a trip hosted by an OpenLMIS Trusted Partner to visit an existing OpenLMIS implementation country, to provide participants with valuable information about how the software is operationalized to improve public health supply chains. A Study Tour would provide the participants with an opportunity to observe how the OpenLMIS software is deployed on the ground, and gain unique insights from local supply chain and technology stakeholders regarding implementation challenges, successes, and lessons learned. Participants will also learn from first-hand accounts of user experiences. The ultimate aim of the OpenLMIS Study Tours is to educate potential implementers and give them the information that they need to decide whether OpenLMIS is a good fit for their country context.
Both the Trusted Partner ‘hosts’ and the Ministry of Health ‘guests’ will be evaluated for their suitability to participate in a Study Tour Visit. The application contains two short sets of questions, some aimed at the Trusted Partner Host, and others focusing on the Interested Parties. Each question will be reviewed and scored by the Review Committee on a scale of 1-5. For each question, the average score from the Application Review Committee will be taken and used as the Final Score. Upon review and discussion of the application, the Application Review Committee will vote on whether to accept or deny the application for funding. A majority vote will be required for the final decision.
Evaluation Criteria for ‘Interested Party’ in Applying Country