Knowledge changes and lessons learned, looking at outcome pathway of an Ecohealth project

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Presentation by Korapin Tohtubtiang, Rainer Assé, Fred Unger and Jeff Gilbert at the First African Regional Conference of the International Association on Ecology and Health (Africa 2013 Ecohealth), …

Presentation by Korapin Tohtubtiang, Rainer Assé, Fred Unger and Jeff Gilbert at the First African Regional Conference of the International Association on Ecology and Health (Africa 2013 Ecohealth), Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, 1-5 October 2013.

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  • 1. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Knowledge changes and lessons learned, looking at outcome pathway of an EcoHealth project Outcome Mapping and EcoHealth Uptake Assessment of the Ecosystem Approaches to the Better Management of Zoonotic Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Southeast Asia Region (EcoZD) project   Tohtubtiang, K.1, Assé, R. 1, Unger, F. 1 and Gilbert , J. 1   1. International Livestock Research Institute 
  • 2. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Project Overview   EcoZD Project: • Generate evidence- based knowledge • Build capacity for sustainable ZEID management • Strengthen networks & develop capacity of ZEID actors  2
  • 3. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Key messages  Outcome pathway: intentional stakeholder engagement • Influenced knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) changes of targeted stakeholders. • Fostered teams’ internal KAP changes and learning. • Paraprofessionals are important actors in ZEID management. • For sustainable ZEID management, capacity building for paraprofessionals is very critical. 3
  • 4. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Project’s Expected Outcomes  4 Key Stakeholders Expected Outcomes 1 Policy- makers • Convinced by research findings • Incorporated EH approach in policy-making process 2 National partners • Actively contribute towards research • Engage community leaders • Disseminate best practices 3 10-15 members of EcoZD Country Teams • Have clear understanding of EH • Continue to advocate beyond EcoZD 4 2 EcoHealth Resource Centres • Provide EH advocacy, training and mentoring of the region • Link with other integrated health initiatives
  • 5. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Project Strategies and Methods  Outcome Mapping (OM) • An actor-centred participatory planning, M&E tool. • Outcomes = changes in KAP & behaviour of targeted stakeholders • Putting learning and people at the centre of development 5 Source: www.outcomemapping.ca
  • 6. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Project Strategies and Methods  OM, a guideline to construct outcome pathway: Two-level framework to capture outcomes 6 ILRI‐ EcoZD  Layer 1   Slaughterhouse  Owners   Students    Para  professionals  Layer 2  CHI  CAM IND  VTN  LAO  JTV  EHRC  CMU  EHRC  CMU  EHRC  UGM  EHRC  UGM 
  • 7. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Project Strategies and Methods  Creating outcome pathway: 7 Project’s  goals,  objectives &  outcomes  Goals of  engagement  Goals of  engagement  Progress  indicators   Progress  indicators   Planning &  implementation  Assessing &  Documenting  outcomes   Assessing &  Documenting  outcomes   Country  Teams  Targeted  Stakeholders  Adaptation of  strategies 
  • 8. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Project Strategies and Methods  8 Layer 1: ILRI – Country Teams • Understanding and applying EcoHealth principles. • Communicating research findings. • Networking & policy engagement. Key themes of progress indicators: Layer 2: Country Teams – Targeted Stakeholders • Improved understanding/ specific knowledge. • Changes in practices. • Communication of particular knowledge/ practices to communities.
  • 9. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Outcomes: KAP changes  Knowledge changes reflected in self-assessment 9 Progress Indicator 3: Strategically plan communication and dissemination of research findings to targeted stakeholders Self-assessment 1* Sep. 2012 Cambodia China Vietnam L+ M+ L M M- H Self-assessment 2* Sep. 2013
  • 10. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Outcomes: KAP changes  Increased understanding of EcoHealth and improved internal learning & communication • Perspectives towards transdisciplinary research • Adoption of new research tools • EH an approach for complex challenges • Potential impacts 10
  • 11. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Outcomes: KAP changes  Paraprofessionals’ improved knowledge in performing their ZEID management tasks • Better understanding of particular diseases • Cross sectional learning & collaboration • Improved communication strategies to communities 11
  • 12. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Lessons Learned: Challenges  Challenges in creating outcomes through intentional outreach • M&E concept & implementation • Language capacity • Integration of social science &qualitative methods • Limited resources & capacity affecting internal learning and hindering changes 12
  • 13. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Lessons learned: Enabling factors   Towards creating intentional outreach and outcomes • Share goals & objectives with stakeholders • Make intentional stakeholder engagement an integral component of research process • M&E, a formative process for EH research management • Adaptive & team-specific strategies 13
  • 14. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  Conclusion  • Intentional stakeholder engagement strategy contributed to: EcoZD team members’ adoption of EcoHealth approach Capacity building of actors for sustainable management of ZEID • Participatory M&E serves as platform for exchange and learning, a source for adaptive management strategies 14
  • 15. Conférence internationale Africa 2013 sur l’Ecosanté  15