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How UNIL Supports 190 Research Units with Optimy

Before going more into detail on UNIL and how Optimy helped. Let's have a look at what the Coordinator of the Commission from UNIL has to say about Optimy.

The tool allows us to review more projects in a better way. It’s really useful to keep track of each project and track back the evaluation that was done. Now with Optimy, everything is very findable, and without the tool, we wouldn’t have managed.
Pablo D
Coordinator of the Commission

A few words about UNIL

The University of Lausanne (UNIL) decided in 2019 to implement a digital solution to manage their ethics validation process, and that is when they met Optimy. The UNIL is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has more than 190 research units in the most diverse fields. Some of these researches required an institutional ethical validation which is granted by the Research Ethics Commission. UNIL has eight commissions, one for each faculty. Every commission has a representative in charge of communicating its decisions.


What the Company was looking for

UNIL was looking for software that helps them with their communication, documents, and time-saving.

The commission gets around 50 ethics validation requests per semester, and every single one of them needs to be analyzed with a specific process to be accepted.
Once the research project is approved, the commission issues a certificate of ethical compliance to the researcher
Since UNIL started using Optimy’s solution, the commission team was able to save time from manual input and email threads and were offered the possibility of setting up a more clean review process.

How Optimy helped

Working as a team has become easier since they started using the software. Naturally, by using collaboration tools such as Optimy, members of the commission can share relevant files without using a third-party platform, as well as quickly create new documents from templates with ease: ‘It allows things to be very easy, as everyone can continue the process without having any problems.’

But according to the coordinator, the main reason why he enjoys using Optimy’s services is because of how proactive our customer success team is: “It’s very easy to use all the tools such as create teams, team leaders and delegate tasks, but every time I have to make a bigger change or adaptation I can just call William (UNIL’s account executive), and he is quick to answer. This has changed my life,” he laughs while saying how important it is to have a human connection even when one is dealing with software.

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