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Demonstration Projects to Evaluate Innovative System Changes by Carol Levin, Senior Health Economist, PATH Starting in 2009, Optimize will begin large-scale demonstration projects with four collaborating countries and conduct operational research with several others to build an evidence base for the effectiveness and appropriateness of new interventions relating to vaccine supply chain and logistics. These new—and some not so new—interventions came out of an exhaustive search for new ideas and innovations in various sectors with in and outside of the immunization sector, including some from sectors outside of health. In total, Optimize conducted ten landscape analysis on the following topics:Analysis of effective vaccine stores management (EVSM) indicators [attached]Cold chain technologies [attached]Trends in vaccine availability and novel vaccine delivery technologies [attached]Analysis of vaccine management assessment tool (VMAT) indicators [attached]Handheld digital devices [coming soon]Health information systems solutions, technologies, and management practices in immunization [coming soon]Outsourcing and innovative financing in the health sector [coming soon]Policy process in immunization systems [coming soon]Supply chain and logistics for immunization: main findings from the landscape analyses [coming soon]Supply chain and logistics for health: main findings from the landscape analyses [coming soon]The most promising designs—in the form of products, system changes, and processes—from these analyses will be evaluated in demonstration projects. The purpose of the demonstration project work, while focused primarily on evaluating new ideas, is multifaceted. Specifically, we aim to (1) develop and/or refine a design, and (2) demonstrate how the system will work and test its feasibility. As part of the demonstration projects, we will also build capacity to implement proposed system changes. Within the next several years, Optimize and its collaborating partners will be able to share our learning about how supply chain and logistics systems can evolve to better manage the changes in the vaccine field now and in the future. We invite you to comment on or post a question relating to this article by clicking the “post reply” button on this page. You will have to log in or register, but the process is very simple. To link back to the Optimize e-newsletter, click here. ##text## ##text## ##text## ##text##

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