Costing tools

Technical review

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The technical review is a key component of the costing tools review. The review is descriptive and analytical, and includes individual tool performance and internal validity assessment. Its purpose is to facilitate the selection of the “right tool for the job”, rather than a comparative rating of the tools. The outputs of the technical assessment will be a summary of each tool, a summary of the questions that are addressed by the tools taken as a group, a description of which tools answer each question, an analysis of technical validity, an assessment of ease of use, and identification of complementarities between the existing tools.

A Call for Expressions of Interest was issued by WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, and UNFPA, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the Norwegian Government in the spring of 2007. After a rigorous process based on evaluation indicators developed by the Steering Committee of the review, two external reviewers were selected to conduct the technical review: Bitran & Asociados, Chile and PATH, USA.

The technical review has been finalized and the reports are available as per link below.