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Learning centre - Working with the workers - Critical factors for effective program implementation
Thursday, June 5

Scientific discoveries have revealed much about the biology of micronutrient deficiencies, their treatment and prevention approaches, but their remains a critical gap on our understanding of “how” to transform interventions of known efficacy in controlled settings into programs delivered at scale in complex systems and contexts. On the continuum from scientific discovery to implementing large-scale micronutrient programs, a renewed emphasis must be placed on building institutional capacities at national scale to deliver, manage, and assess micronutrient programs.

An emerging field of “implementation science” focuses on methods that investigate and address factors (e.g. social, behavioral, economic, management) and potential bottle necks to enhance the translation of research findings and evidence into effective practice. This type of research aims to understand key factors for effective program delivery, elucidate the constraints to program implementation at each layer of operational management, and assess factors affecting program uptake at the household and individual levels. We can draw insights from field research to help guide program planners to improve the quality of program delivery.

This session explores a selection of factors that affect program delivery: front line staff. We will examine staff selection and training, incentive systems for evaluation processes, accountability systems for staff performance. The session will highlight how these factors fit in an implementation science framework. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of critical implementation components and key elements that have been successful for program implementation. The learning session looks at innovative approaches used in public sector programs. The sessions will be delivered by experienced program planners in the NGO and health sector, as well as private sector professionals with extensive experience in human resource management. Participants will have an opportunity to interact via in smaller rooms and Q&A period not possible in larger symposium. The session will be structured along guided learning approach. Participants will receive a brief guide to program implementation and a summary of the case study elements.


Chair: Rolf Klemm and Eva Monterrosa, Sight and Life, Basel, Switzerland