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The iCCM Benchmark Framework is meant to be a tool for program planners and managers to systematically design and implement iCCM programs from the early phases through to expansion and scale-up. Key activities or steps that should be completed are specified for each component and for each phase of implementation. For example, development of a training plan for CHW training and refresher training is identified as a benchmark in the advocacy and planning phase of the human resources component, while training of CHWs is a benchmark in the pilot and early implementation phase and ongoing/refresher training of CHWs is a benchmark in the expansion/scale-up phase. The intent is that benchmarks in one phase should be addressed before progressing to the next phase, although it is recognized that such a linear progression is not always possible. By spanning components ranging from coordination and policy setting to human resources and supervision and quality assurance and covering introduction to expansion, the iCCM benchmarks help planners and implementers chart their way towards implementing a comprehensive iCCM program at scale.1

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Download the iCCM Benchmarks Matrix here.2

References

1. The benchmarks framework was originally published in the following document: McGorman, Laura, et al. “A Health Systems Approach to Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illness: Methods and Tools.” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 87.5 (2012): 69-76.
2. The current benchmarks matrix was adapted from the following document: USAID, MCHIP, JSI, Karolinska Institute-Uppsala University, Save the Children, and World Health Organization. Indicator Guide: Monitoring and Evaluating Integrated Community Case Management. Washington, DC: MCHIP, 2013.