Futures Group

Technical Solutions

 

Costing

Building in-country capacity is the foundation of Futures Group’s approach to helping prepare action plans and cost estimates. We ensure that targets are realistic, maximizing evidence-based decisionmaking and resource allocation.  For example, Futures Group undertook groundbreaking studies on the impact and human, financial, and commodities requirements for scale up of male circumcision programs in Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zambia. As a result, the World Health Organization has recommended that our approach be used as the standard costing methodology on this topic. We have developed a Decision Makers’ Program Planning Tool that enables planners to understand the costs and impacts of male circumcision under different scenarios, taking into account the pace of scale-up, different provider combinations, or targeting specific age groups.

We are experts in costing national action plans and working with in-country partners to improve resource planning at regional and district levels—a critical next stage as countries increasingly decentralize decisionmaking and healthcare systems. For example, in Indonesia we prepared a costed plan that allowed the National AIDS Commission to set priorities, effectively target resources, and develop a realistic national implementation plan. We also prepared scenarios for 19 high-priority provinces. Through HPI, we assisted Jordan’s Higher Population Council to formulate and cost programs under its Reproductive Health Action Plan 2008–2012, designing a costing system that enabled the council and implementers to estimate the funds needed to implement activities.

Futures Group designed and conducted a unit cost survey among 58 major government and NGO service providers for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in five provinces of Cambodia, and  used the results to assist with an OVC action plan and three-year budget.