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The Implementation Science Initiative: Identifying and Addressing Bottlenecks within Iron-Folic Acid Supplementation Programs in Kenya and Uganda

17 April 2019

9-10am EST


Presented by Implementation Science Initiative Project Team

  • Isabelle Michaud-Letourneau, SISN Consultant
  • Brian Njoroge, Project Coordinator at FHI 360
  • Twaha Rwegyema, Project Coordinator at URC


The Implementation Science Initiative (ISI) applies SISN’s principles of implementation science (IS) to improve the delivery of IFAS programs through antenatal care for pregnant women in Kenya and Uganda.


The main features of ISI include: 1) the creation of a national core team to apply an IS approach; 2) the creation and continuous updating of a bottleneck inventory; 3) conducting implementation research (IR) when additional knowledge is needed; 4) the use of knowledge brokering team to ensure the uptake of findings; 5) formation of a IS network to build national interest and capacity for IS/IR; and 6) the ongoing documentation of the experiences to learn how to strengthen capacity for applying IS at the country level.


During this webinar the ISI project team will present their experience to date including

  • several components of the initiative and how they are applied by the country core teams
  • the priority bottlenecks on IFAS identified by the country teams,
  • the innovations being proposed by the teams to address the bottlenecks and future directions for IR.


Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to pose their questions in an open 20-minute discussion.

Past webinars

15th February 2019

How Can Advocacy Enhance Implementation Science in Nutrition?


Our guest speaker, Bill O’Keefe Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy at Catholic Relief Services shared his experiences working in advocacy, and provided tips and tools on how to successfully advocate for nutrition.

6 December 2018



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.

19 September 2018



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.

10 May 2018



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 .

 Nov 28 2017 

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.

 June 26 2017

An Integrative Framework for Implementation Science in Nutrition

Our first webinar, delivered by SISN President, Dr David Pelletier, illustrated our concepts for a new framework of IS in nutrition.