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The Implementation Science Initiative: Identifying and Addressing Bottlenecks within Iron-Folic Acid Supplementation Programs in Kenya and Uganda
This webinar focussed on the important work being completed by the Implementation Science Initiative (ISI) through SISN’s partnership with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) under a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) grant.
Isabelle Michaud-Letourneau, SISN Consultant and Senior Technical Lead for the ISI, Twaha Rwegyema, Project Coordinator at URC in Uganda and Brian Njoroge, Project Coordinator at FHI 360 in Kenya, presented their experience to date identifying and addressing bottlenecks within iron-folic acid supplementation (IFAS) programs.
How Can Advocacy Enhance Implementation Science in Nutrition?
During this webinar Bill O’Keefe, Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy at Catholic Relief Services shared his real-world experiences advocating and provided tips and tools on how to become a successful advocate, including:
- The key elements of effective advocacy
- Useful strategies for influencing policy and system change
- How to communicate your message to decision makers so your voice is heard!
Following his presentation, attendees posed their questions in an open 20-minute discussion, moderated by SISN Founding Member, Dr Eva Monterrosa.
Learning About Needs of and Challenges Faced by Program Workers and Recipients: A Case Study of Observational Implementation Research
Our guest speakers, Dr Andrea Warren and Dr Ed Frongillo from the University of South Carolina presented a case study of observational implementation research (IR) for food-assistance programs in the United States and programs for infants and young child feeding in Kenya and India.
Following the 35-minute presentation attendees engaged in a lively discussion during a 20-minute Q&A session, moderated by Dr Rasmi Avula, Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division at IFPRI.
How to Build Effective Cross-sector Partnerships
Our guest speaker, Ms Helga van Kampen from the Partnership Brokers Association shared her knowledge and experience through a lively discussion on partnering and principles and how these can be applied to implementation research. Following the 40 minute presentation, participants posed their questions in a lively Q&A moderated by SISN’s Secretary/Treasurer, Dr Eva Monterrosa.
Understanding Program Adaptation: A Scoping Study of Frameworks and Systematic Review of Adapted Evidence-based Interventions
Our guest speaker, Dr Cam Escoffery from Emory University presented definitions of program adaptation, frameworks guiding it and shared her own research in this area. During the Q&A, moderated by Dr Wendy Gonzalez from GAIN, participants explored the relevance of this work to implementation in nutrition .
Why Invest in IR?
Chaired by Dr Gretel Pelto, the webinar consisted of three short presentations illustrating how IR has been used to enhance outcomes in a number of different settings. The presentations illustrated how the initiatives ‘map’ into the SISN Framework and were followed by an audience Q&A.