Taara Chandani

Peer-to-Peer Learning: CHMI program will provide up to $8,000 to facilitate partnerships

Are you a health care manager running a program in a low- or middle-income country, aspiring to scale up your program or enter new markets?

Are you struggling with a central question around your business model, one that other program managers may have insight into?

Could you benefit from traveling or engaging virtually to learn from a similar health care program, either in your country or internationally?

If you answered yes to any of the above, the CHMI Learning Exchange may be a good opportunity for you.

The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) is excited to launch our first peer-to-peer learning program, the CHMI Learning Exchange, which will provide funding of up to U.S. $8,000 to successful applicants to facilitate learning partnerships.

We recognize that there is excellence and innovation within our global network of health care programs. The CHMI Learning Exchange aims to facilitate structured learning partnerships between organizations that are profiled on CHMI.

In so doing, the CHMI Learning Exchange will help programs to improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale-up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

What is Learning Exchange?

Learning Exchange is an engagement between two or more organizations that decide to share knowledge around a particular need or business practice. Partners may be based in the same geography or in different countries.

Because peer-to-peer exchanges are customized to address an organization’s particular and current need, they can be limited in scope to what is necessary to catalyze institutional change.

How does Learning Exchange work?

Learning Exchanges will involve one or more health care organizations acting as “lead partners” and “knowledge partners.”

  • A lead partner is a health care organization profiled by CHMI that will develop the application for the CHMI Learning Exchange and be responsible for disbursing funds to other partnering organizations. The lead partner can be the “learner” in a traditional “mentor-mentee” relationship, or the lead partner and knowledge partners can represent similar organizations that may offer complementary skills, expertise and ability to learn from one another. Lead partners should contact potential knowledge partners through CHMI or through other channels to solicit their agreement to apply for the CHMI Learning Exchange. Please contact chmi@r4d.org if you require assistance in contacting programs through our website.
  • Knowledge partners are health care organizations that work with a lead partner to exchange knowledge through activities specified in this application. Knowledge partners should agree to participate with a lead partner prior to being named in an application for the CHMI Learning Exchange.
  • Both partners will discuss the scope of the learning agenda, the way in which learning will take place and its intended impact.
  • The lead partner will submit an application to the CHMI Learning Exchange. The lead partner will assume responsibility for meeting outcomes, submitting reports and determining whether and how funds are shared between partners.
  • A cohort of organizations will carry out their unique Learning Exchanges over a four-month period from November 2014 to February 2015.
  • At the conclusion of the Learning Exchange, partners will reflect on what worked and what didn’t work, and share their experiences to benefit the broader CHMI community.

Learn more and apply here. Please contact chmiexchange@accessh.org with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

A version of this blog originally appeared on the CHMI website.

Taara Chandani is a consultant with ACCESS Health International in India.

Education, Health Care, Impact Assessment
partnerships, skill development