Using Global Goods

How to procure and implement Global Goods

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How do I procure global goods?

Because global goods are open source, their code can be accessed free of charge. However, governments and health systems will undoubtedly incur costs to procure services to configure, extend, or model the tool within an existing architecture. There may also be costs associated with aligning the tool to existing and emerging national and local policies and strategies, and costs to ensure the ongoing operation and maintenance of the tools in operation (as with any software system).

Resources such as Digital Square’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool can be used by countries as they develop budgets for digital health transformation, ensuring global goods are scaled and sustained over time.

How do I implement global goods?

Implementation of a global good often differs from that of commercial or proprietary software, in that multiple organizations may be responsible for software development and support. There are many roles involved in implementing a digital health intervention, as outlined below. Implementation service providers often cover several of these roles or may partner with local teams and other groups to achieve the desired outcome. Pairing with local teams also ensures knowledge transfer and local capacity strengthening for long-term sustainability in a particular context.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of implementation roles and responsibilities:

Should I hire an implementation provider?

An implementation service provider will generally cover all or many of the roles described above and guide clients through several considerations, such as: