You are ready to start your costing work. This overview of iHRIS Retain will help plan how best to use this software to meet your costing needs. We suggest that you read this overview before starting your work.
You can find more detailed information in the manual by clicking 'Manual' under the 'Help' menu at the top of the screen.
You can return to this message by clicking 'QuickTips' under the 'Help' menu at the top of the screen.
iHRIS Retain is designed to allow you to compare costs of various intervention packages that may be under consideration, so you can make better informed decisions. After entering information about the interventions that you are considering, you will create packages of interventions for various cadres of workers. You may then use iHRIS Retain to compare the total costs and expected effects of different packages or different combinations of interventions.
If you are conducting this costing work along with a discrete choice experiment (DCE) analysis of health worker preferences, the simplest approach is to create packages based on your DCE results and health worker preferences. Even if you have not conducted a DCE analysis, comparing costs and anticipated effects of different packages of interventions is important to good decision making. However, your data on expected health worker preferences may be based on less rigorous estimates.
Data entry within iHRIS Retain is organized into five main steps.
Step 1: Financial Information
This step captures basic information related to health expenditures, including wage information.
Step 2: Targeted Cadres
In this step, you will provide information on the current and projected numbers of targeted health worker cadres. You may enter in cadre names as specifically or broadly as necessary. For example, depending on how you will target your interventions, you may enter Registered Nurse (Senior) and Registered Nurse (Junior), or group all nurses and all midwives together.
This step allows you to provide specific information related to the costs of the interventions that you are considering as part of your overall retention strategy. These interventions are organized into 4 categories:
The 16 interventions, from the 2010 WHO Global Policy Recommendations are labeled as A1-D6. Because there may be many individual activities that are part of the intervention, the iHRIS Retain software has broken them down into sub-categories, or intervention activities, to make it easier to cost out the interventions.
We suggest that you enter information for various cadres separately. For example, if you are considering an education allowance for three different cadres, enter in the data on costs and numbers of targeted workers for each cadre separately.
In the description box for intervention activity, it is suggested that you provide the most specific description possible. For example, consider specifying “Housing allowance in rural zones” rather than just “Housing,” as this description text will help you during later steps of the costing exercise to distinguish between multiple intervention activity descriptions. Below the description, you will be asked to check a box to determine which cadre or cadres you are targeting through this activity.
Step 4: Information Review
In this step, you can review and modify the financial, cadre, and intervention cost information you entered in Steps 1-3.
Step 5: Design Packages
This step allows you to create different packages of interventions targeting various cadres of health workers. A package is a combination of selected retention interventions, composed of activities which help you to calculate the costs associated with the intervention.
It will be helpful to provide full information within the name of the package. For example, use the name “Package 1: housing, bonuses, and education support for nurses” rather than just “Package 1.”
Step 6: Report Review
This step allows you to review the reports generated from the costing exercise and compare the costs of different retention interventions and packages. You can download a selected report by clicking on the Download button at the bottom of the report so that you can review, analyze and share with colleagues or other stakeholders.
After you have completed initial data entry, the tabs under “Summary of Costing Exercise” allow you do the following:
All fields with (*) are mandatory.