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  • What is the OC Hub?

    Welcome to the Open Contracting for Health (OC4H) project's online Open Contracting hub developed with the Transparency International Health Initiative (TI-HI). 

    This resource is intended to do three things: 

    1. Provide an e-learning programme tailored to your needs.
    2. Enable cross-country discussion on implementation of Open Contracting and; 
    3. Host downloadable tools for Open Contracting





    This platform is designed to be usable for anyone interested in Open Contracting as a topic, whether an observer with a casual interest or coders. Different modules (chapters), discussions and tools are available to people from different sectors (particularly civil society and government) and different levels of knowledge. 

    We are a health project but while used extensively in the examples, the OC-Hub does not focus solely on the health sector and therefore this platform will be useful for people from any sector. 




    After completion of the (short) assessments in the main chapters, you will:

    • Have more knowledge on why open contracting is important in procurement
    • Be able to identify key steps and roles in the procurement cycle and have a better understanding of open contracting in public health procurement
    • Be able to use and analyse procurement data to improve value for money in your procurement system
    • have access to tools and knowledge to improve community monitoring of procurements
    • Certificate of Completion for Training in Open Contracting For Health 


  • Hub Courses

    There are four types of approaches to chapters in the OC Hub. Each gives you a different level of depth. The first 6 chapters, "The Basics", give a general introduction, while deeper dives and data chapters give more detailed and tailored content

    1. The Basics

    These are the six core chapters of the OC Hub and give the user an opportunity to learn about the basics of open contracting, including benefits and concepts. They are available to guests and should not take very long to complete. You will learn through them What open contracting is, its place in the broader procurement process, its connection to service delivery at several levels and key elements of open contracting that make it sustainable and successful.



    2 & 3. How To AND Deeper Dives

    These are the courses tailored to the background of the OC-Hub user based on assessments conducted under the Open Contracting for Health project. Government orientated users will learn more about how to use Open Contracting to generate more efficiency and improve processes while CSO oriented users will learn the basics on how to advocate for open contracting as well as an in-depth course on how to initiate contract monitoring as a non-state actor.
    As more content from different countries is uploaded, these courses will be updated.


    4. The Data Lab

    The "Data Lab" courses provide a skills based introduction to the Open Contracting Data Standard and relevant coding. This can be useful for any sector that wants to understand the coding behind a lot of Open Contracting. There is also a specific chapter on how to do simple market analysis using Open Contracting data



  • OC-Hub Features

    Course Difficulties

    The courses on the OC-Hub have different difficulty levels. The colour of the tiles represents these different levels of difficulty and time required. Look below to find what each colour means


    BASIC

    PINK = BASIC


    These courses are for users interested in understanding the concept, but not actually implementing OC. Avg time per course: 20min




    Intermediate

    Blue = Intermediate


    Intermediate courses provide "how tos" and "deep dives". They provide detail on how to implement OC. Avg time per course: 40min




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    Advanced

    Orange = Advanced


    These courses cover coding, data analysis and market analysis. Do these courses if you want to use OC data. Avg time per course: 60min





    Discussion hub

    The OC-Hub utilises a forum feature to enable discussion around topics relevant to Open Contracting. Most chapters will have a button containing that, when clicked on, takes the user to a discussion around a specific question.

    You can also add your own discussions and see all of the others by entering the general "Q&A Discussion", which lists all current threads. A button for this is on the home page as well as in the above "Tools" drop down bar

    Look out for buttons that look like the one to the right!

    But if your lost you can always find the discussion hub on the Homepage.


    OC-HUB Certificates

    Some courses are certificated, meaning that on completion of all activities within the course, you will unlock a downloadable certificate that can be added to your CV. 

    To find if a course is certificated, look at the description on the tile in the front page for the tag "(CERTIFICATED)", demonstrated in the image to the right.


  • Tools, The OC-Hub App & Offline Use

    Tools
    If you are a registered user, the OC-Hub contains several tools that can be downloaded from the Navigation Drawer, expandable by clicking the button on the top left of the screen. This contains different tools to help understand and implement Open Contracting. This will be updated as the OC4H project progresses.

    OC4hub app

    The OC-Hub is available as an app on all major smartphone devices. To download the icon at the top of the screen that looks like this:  . After downloading, the app can be used offline meaning that you can complete and learn while on the move!



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