Details of our current initiatives can be found here.
Knowledge for Implementation and Impact Initiative (KI3)
The KI3 initiative aimed to strengthen the availability, access and utilization of implementation knowledge to accelerate progress in scaling up implementation and impact on nutrition.
David Pelletier (SISN Past President)
Stuart Gillespie (IFPRI)
Patrizia Fracassi (SUN)
Isabelle Michaud-Letourneau (SISN – Sr Technical Expert)
Rajul Pandya-Lorch (IFPRI)
Roos Verstraeten (IFPRI)
Sivan Yosef (IFPRI)
KI3 was launched at the end of 2016 through a collaboration among the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the SISN. It received pilot funding from Sight and Life and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food in Germany. Its overall aim is to strengthen the availability, access and utilization of implementation knowledge to accelerate progress in scaling up implementation and impact on nutrition, with a focus on SUN countries.
In 2017, the initiative undertook a mapping exercise of implementation knowledge initiatives and organizations at the global level and scoped possibilities for strengthening the access to and utilization of implementation knowledge from these global sources in SUN countries.
In 2018, the initiative implemented a series of activities whose overarching vision was to create a network of organizations at global and national levels willing and able to respond to the diverse needs and requests for implementation knowledge assistance from SUN countries and to help countries share knowledge, methods, and experience on implementation amongst one another. At a meeting of stakeholders in Geneva in 2018, five interlinked strategies were articulated and are illustrated in a figure of a 5-piece puzzle below:
- Strengthening of a Global Implementation Knowledge Network
- Strengthening or creation of National Implementation Knowledge Networks
- Creation of a tools matrix to simplify access to implementation tools produced by various organizations
- Strengthening the capacity, support and funding for practical implementation research at country and programmatic levels
- Strengthening the capacity and support for knowledge brokering at national and sub-national levels.
Insights and progress on these activities were shared in November 2018 with the broader SUN movement through at the FAO/IFPRI Global Event.
In 2019, the work continued to develop further the five strategies that emerged from the discussions among key stakeholders over the first two years of KI3, thanks to modest resources. IFPRI and SUN secretariat have led the work on the tool matrix and SISN has led the work on knowledge brokering.
The KI3 project was funded by Sight and Life and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Milestones and Achievements
- A journal paper is planned on the insights gained on knowledge brokering in the context of multisectoral nutrition
- To further explore knowledge brokering roles at the national level, interviews were carried out with National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) actors and with SUN focal points. An article was published in UNN/UNSCN Nutrition News on UNN-REACH facilitator as knowledge broker, based on the study carried out by SISN
- A concept note was developed to further develop the architecture of the KI3 Implementation tools matrix
- SISN collaborated with NIPN and the African Nutrition Leadership Programme to develop a 5-day Leadership Capacity Training tailored to the context of multisectoral nutrition for NIPN country staff
- Minor amendments made to the framework and classification scheme in response to peer feedback
- Paper on the new framework and classification published in a peer review journal, Current Developments in Nutrition
- Interviews were carried out with Renewed Effort Against Child Hunger and undernutrition (REACH) facilitators to explore the concept of knowledge brokering
- SISN Framework and Classification Scheme for Implementation Science (IS) in nutrition developed (with input from a broad range of experts including many Founding Members)
- New framework shared via SISN communication channels, seminars and symposia eliciting very positive responses
- A mapping was conducted of implementation knowledge initiatives and organizations at the global level and a matrix mapping information to the SISN Framework was created