Next Webinar

Wednesday, February 26th, 9-10am EST

A focused ethnographic study: investigating the barriers to antenatal care attendance to improve iron and folic acid supplementation in Kenya

Presented by Implementation Science Initiative (ISI) Team:

  • Gretel Pelto, SISN Vice President and Graduate Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
  • Zipporah Bukania, Principal Investigator and Director, Centre for Public Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
  • Brian N. Njoroje, Project Coordinator and Co-principal Investigator

Facilitated by:

  • Isabelle Michaud-Létourneau, SISN Senior Technical Lead

This  webinar will discuss the novel application of focused ethnographic qualitative methods for understanding and addressing barriers within anemia control delivery systems.


  1. Share a brief introduction of the focused ethnographic study (FES) approach
  2. Describe the Implementation Science Initiative in Kenya and the intervention undertaken to improve IFAS through using the Baby-friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) in Kenya
  3. Provide an illustrative example of FES by presenting the study and preliminary findings

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

Due to limited places, registration is mandatory. You will receive a confirmation email that contains detailed information about joining the webinar.

Unable to attend this live event? The webinar will be recorded and will be available on the 3ie and SISN websites at a later date.

The Implementation Science Initiative (ISI) in Kenya and Uganda is a collaborative and learning initiative developed by SISN in partnership with International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Past Webinars

4th December 2019

Improving Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation Through Quality Improvement: A Type III Effectiveness-implementation Hybrid Study

In this webinar, Geoffrey M. Curran, Director of the Center for Implementation Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and an expert on effectiveness-implementation hybrid designs, provides a brief introduction to this innovative approach and it’s 3 sub-types.

Following this introduction, Nathan Tumwesigye and Moses Tetui from the Implementation Science Initiative (ISI) Team in Uganda describe the quality improvement approach and implementation strategies used to support the delivery of the iron-folic acid supplementation (IFAS) intervention, and shared the preliminary findings from the baseline data collection of their Type III effectiveness-implementation study.

Following these three presentations, participants posed their questions in an open 20-minute discussion facilitated by Isabelle Michaud-Letourneau, SISN Senior Technical Lead.

The Implementation Science Initiative (ISI) in Kenya and Uganda is a collaborative and learning initiative developed by SISN in partnership with International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can learn more about the ISI here.

16th September 2019

Implementation and Science: a two-way street with lots of turns

In this sold out webinar, Pooja Pandey Rana and Kenda Cunningham from Helen Keller International, share their experiences in the design and implementation of Suaahara II, an at-scale, USAID-funded, multi-sectoral program throughout Nepal.

You can learn more about this cutting-edge program here.

This webinar is brought to you courtesy of a grant from the Eleanor Crook Foundation.

19th June 2019

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health Webinar on Implementation Science in Nutrition

This webinar presents the frameworks and principles of implementation science as developed by SISN and illustrates their application by teams of government actors, researchers and implementers in two countries. The case studies focus on efforts to improve the delivery and utilization of iron and folic acid supplementation for pregnant women through working with the government system and USAID-funded programs in Kenya and Uganda, as part of the Implementation Science Initiative led by SISN and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

17th April 2019

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.

This webinar was brought to you courtesy of a grant from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).

15th February 2019

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.

This webinar is brought to you courtesy of a grant from the Eleanor Crook Foundation.

6th 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.