Implementation Science System (ISS) approach in Nutrition
“Operationalizing Implementation Science in Nutrition: The Implementation Science Initiative in Kenya and Uganda” , a paper summarizing the Implementation Science (IS) Initiative has been published as open access in the January 2022 issue of Current Developments in Nutrition.
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To mark the culmination of over three years of hard work and learning we will soon be publishing a toolkit that draws on the main insights and findings from the Implementation Science Initiative (ISI).
The ISI operationalized the values and principles that underlie SISN’s approach to implementation science through four objectives:
- Strengthen capacity for applying implementation science (IS) at the country level
- Strengthen interaction and knowledge exchange among key actors (policy, program and research)
- Strengthen implementation of iron and folic acid supplementation (IFAS) programs
- Increase knowledge about how to apply implementation science
The experiences in Kenya and Uganda led to the emergence of an implementation science system (ISS) approach in nutrition that contains five parts:
A toolkit that draws on the main insights and findings from ISI contains two guides. These two guides have been created to support others seeking to apply an ISS approach in country and build the capacity needed for these endeavors.
We are grateful to the Project Team, SISN Past President, David Pelletier, SISN Senior Technical Lead, Isabelle Michaud-Létourneau, Research and Evaluation Specialist, Marion Gayard, our collaborators at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and country partners in Kenya (FHI Partners) and Uganda (URC) for all their collective effort and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for their generous support.