The Nutrition Policy Process:
A Role for Mode 2 Research
David Pelletier
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Cornell Universi...
Outline
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Trends in society
The nature of problems
Trends in science
Population nutrition research
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Collaborators
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Tahmeed Ahmed, ICDDR,B
Shamshir Ahmed, ICDDR,...
Trends in Society
• Nutrition has ascended on public and private agendas
• An extensive web of interconnected issues now i...
Trends in Society
Trends in Society
Trends in Society
Trends in Society
Trends in Society
Trends in Society

Results and Accountability: GPRA’s 20th Birthday!!
(1993-2013)

(97:3)
Proven Solutions are At-Hand
“The Challenge Now is to Scale Them Up”
The Nature of Problems
What Kind of Problems Are We Dealing With?

Simple

Complex

The Nature of Problems

Complicated

Socially Complex / Wicke...
Illustrations

Social Complexity in Nutrition Policy

“[] the donors and NGOs basically could not get their act together b...
Batie, 2008. Amer. J. Agr. Econ. 90 (Number 5, 2008): 1176–1191. (Author holds endowed Chair in Food and
Agricultural Econ...
The Nature of Problems

Implications of Wicked Problems for the Research Approach
“Because wicked problems are in essence ...
Trends in science

The Multisectoral Nutrition Policy Process:
Complex Adaptive Systems (and Subsystems)

Donors NGO/CSO M...
The NPP Complexity Context
Informal Governance Structures:
Stakeholder Network Map for Ethiopia

Source: www.transformnutr...
Fd Sec & Nutr
Unit in PMs
The Nutrition Policy Process:
Fd Sec Unit Office
The Composite Case of
in PMs
NGO
MOH
Esperanza
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The Nature of Problems

The Nature of Problems:
Bottom Line Message
“We can't solve problems by using the same kind
of thi...
Trends in Science
Trends in Science

Complexity and Systems Thinking
“I think the next century will be the century of complexity”
S. Hawking...
Trends in science

Complexity and its Properties

“It is difficult, nowadays, to open a popular science
magazine, or a lea...
Systems in Public Health

Trends in science
Trends in science

Two “Approaches” to
Research on Complex Systems
1. Modeling
2. Engaging
1. Modeling the Obesity System

Trends in science
The UK Foresight Project: :
http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight
http://www.shiftn.com/obesity/zoom-map.html
Trends in science

2. Engaging with Complex Systems

“If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.”
-Kurt ...
2. Engaging with Complex Systems

Trends in science

Research Question:
Can intentional complexity-aware actions
by some a...
Mode 2 Knowledge Production

Trends in science

The central elements of sustainability science:
• inter- and intra-discipl...
Trends in science

Research on Wicked Problems and Complex Adaptive Systems
“Much of the research and scholarship, as subs...
Clarifying (and Qualifying) the Complexity Space
and the Management Approach

Source: Barden, 2012. Complexity, Adaptation...
Population Nutrition Research
Population Nutrition Research

Complexity, Systems Thinking and Mode 2 Research in Nutrition

Adv Nutr 4:92-114, 2013
Population Nutrition Research

Frontier Dimensions
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Why we study
What we study
Who we study
How we study: Meth...
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Current Tendencies

Frontiers

Why

Generalizable/ fundamental Actionable knowledge for stakeholders, orgs,
kno...
“It is difficult, nowadays, to open a popular science magazine, or a
Population Nutrition Research
leading science journal...
Trends in science

Nutrition journals: Mode 2 "Methods"
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Ethnographic narrative
Immersion-obse...
The Landscape for Population Nutrition
Research
Illustrations
• Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative
• Program Implementation (PAG)
• African Nutrition Security Partnership
Illustrations

Our Complexity Context in All Cases

NPP: dynamic, contingent, emergent, non-linear,
multi-scale, chaordic,...
The NPP Complexity Context

Illustrations

Informal Governance Structures:
Stakeholder Network Map for Ethiopia

NPP: dyna...
Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative (MNI)
(Scope: Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, Bangladesh
plus 14 country narratives)...
The Focus and Orientation of
Mainstreaming Nutrition
African Nutrition Security Partnership (ANSP)
(Scope: Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Uganda)
Feature

Deacription

Comment
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The Focus and Orientation of ANSP
Program Assessment Guide (PAG)
(Scope: 3 countries with full workshops: Kyrgyz, Bolivia, Haiti
2 countries with partial wo...
The Focus and Orientation of PAG

etc
A Few More Details
Mainstreaming Nutrition

Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative
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Funded by World Bank nutrition section
ICDDR,B, Cornell...
Mainstreaming Nutrition

Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative
Policy Process Study
What factors
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development of...
Mainstreaming Nutrition

1.Societal
Conditions

2.Catalytic
Events

3.Structural
Factors &
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4.Points of
Contenti...
Points of Contention

Mainstreaming Nutrition

“[] the donors and NGOs basically could not get their act together because
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Mainstreaming Nutrition

Strategies and Tactics
“[] they had a lot of disagreements
but they always went ahead with
one vo...
Mainstreaming Nutrition

Societal
Conditions

Catalytic
Events

Structural
Factors &
Behaviors

Points of
Contention

”Str...
Mainstreaming Nutrition

Strategic Capacity
The human and institutional capacity to:
• build commitment, vision and consen...
Program Implementation (PAG)
Program Implementation

The Challenge

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Pelletier AED PAG Training Jan 5-7, 2011
Program Implementation

Pelletier AED PAG Training Jan 5-7, 2011
Program Implementation

Program Assessment Guide (PAG)
Processes

Outputs

Participatory Procedures To
Strengthen:

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Program Implementation

Applications of the PAG
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Kyrgyzstan (micronutrient powders)
Bolivia (micronut...
Lessons Learned
1. Sponsorship, Responsibility,
Commitment, Follow-up
2. Timing
3. Preparation
4. Participants
5. Contextu...
ANSP
(African Nutrition Security Partnership)
ANSP
(African Nutrition Security Partnership)
• UNICEF/EU, 3 year project
• Build on MNI and PAG
• Focus on:
– Strategic c...
ANSP

Africa Nutrition Security Partnership (ANSP) 2011-2015

UNICEF implements

EU funds

EU
Objective
Reduce stunting by...
ANSP, Cornell contribution 2013-2015

“Strategic capacity and adaptive management of multisectoral nutrition policies and ...
ANSP
ANSP Guiding Frameworks:
Complexity, Developmental Evaluation, Policy Sciences
And Change Management
In Closing
The Nature of Frontiers
• Detailed maps do no exist – they are vague, sketchy and made
during exploration and settlement
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Summary
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Nutrition has “arrived”
“Nutrition” is no longer just “nutrition”
How can we deliver results at-scale?

“We...
Acknowledgments
to everyone in our Complex Adaptive (Learning) System
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Day 1 keynote address: David Pelletier, Cornell University: “Nutrition Policy Processes”

Workshop on Approaches and Methods for Policy Process Research, co-sponsored by the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) at IFPRI-Washington DC, November 18-20, 2013.

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  • In many cases the distinctions shown in these tables are a matter of degree or emphasis rather than discrete categories, and exceptions can be found in the literature. The table is intended to convey a sense of where the frontiers are moving or can move in the future. The categories listed under What we Study and Who we Study are intentionally broad and non-specific. They embrace a wide range of potential objects of study at the level ‘above the consumer.’ We will not pretend or aim to cover or give examples of all of these. The more important and main contribution of the symposium is to expose participants to new types of questions, new research approaches and a wider range of research methods, with the recognition that they will need to customize the methods for their own particular research questions.
  • Intentional capacity building at national and sub-national levelsSupport development of strategic allies/ increase their capacities to seize opportunities, develop vision of how to solve nutrition in the country, take or mobilize action, mobilize funds, etc. Develop capacities in district level managers to develop the intelligence and skills to identify and fix implementation bottlenecks in timely fashion, vs. waiting for formal evaluation periods when it is too late for adjustments. important aspect that applies to #1 and #2, is real time collective learning through a set of tools enabling reflective practice and for engaging actors and documentation of the emergent knowledge.
  • PPWNov13- Day 1 Keynote- D.Pelletier- Cornell

    1. 1. The Nutrition Policy Process: A Role for Mode 2 Research David Pelletier Division of Nutritional Sciences Cornell University IFPRI Workshop on Approaches and Methods for Policy Process Research. Nov 18-20, 2013
    2. 2. Outline 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Trends in society The nature of problems Trends in science Population nutrition research Illustrations Summary
    3. 3. Collaborators Past Present (Cornell) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Tahmeed Ahmed, ICDDR,B Shamshir Ahmed, ICDDR,B Allison Corsi, Cornell Silvana Faillace, AED, HKI Ed Frongillo, USC, Cornell Suzanne Gervais, Cornell Renee Hill, U Idaho, Cornell Lesli Hoey, U Mich, Cornell Robin Houston, Consultant Purnima Menon, IFPRI, Cornell Rebecca Stoltzfus, Cornell Suzanne Gervais Isabelle Michaud-Letourneau Barnabas Natamba Edna Possolo Hajra Hafeez-ur-Rehman Dia Sanou Jackson Tumwine Financial Supporters: AED/USAID, Centers for Disease Control, GAIN, Micronutrient Initiative, UNICEF, World Bank
    4. 4. Trends in Society • Nutrition has ascended on public and private agendas • An extensive web of interconnected issues now is recognized • Demand for results and accountability in public programs and publicly funded research • Demand for research on effectiveness of interventions at scale (translational and implementation science) • Nutrition research must respond to these trends in order to remain relevant
    5. 5. Trends in Society
    6. 6. Trends in Society
    7. 7. Trends in Society
    8. 8. Trends in Society
    9. 9. Trends in Society
    10. 10. Trends in Society Results and Accountability: GPRA’s 20th Birthday!! (1993-2013) (97:3)
    11. 11. Proven Solutions are At-Hand “The Challenge Now is to Scale Them Up”
    12. 12. The Nature of Problems
    13. 13. What Kind of Problems Are We Dealing With? Simple Complex The Nature of Problems Complicated Socially Complex / Wicked Adapted from: Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. Westley, Zimmerman, Patton, 2006
    14. 14. Illustrations Social Complexity in Nutrition Policy “[] the donors and NGOs basically could not get their act together because they were all arguing for their own special interest or their own view of how things ought to be handled for nutrition.” (International researcher and consultant to countries) World Bank 2006
    15. 15. Batie, 2008. Amer. J. Agr. Econ. 90 (Number 5, 2008): 1176–1191. (Author holds endowed Chair in Food and Agricultural Economics Policy, Dept of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University)
    16. 16. The Nature of Problems Implications of Wicked Problems for the Research Approach “Because wicked problems are in essence “expressions of diverse and conflicting values and interests” (Norton, 2012, p. 450), the process of working with them is fundamentally social, and should not be scientized in the conventional sense (Conklin & Weil, 2007). “Instead of the partial and linear strategy of divide and conquer that aims at searching for definitive solutions, it requires a holistic and process oriented approach that is by nature adaptive, participatory, and transdisciplinary (APT for short). “By examining a wicked problem as a whole through a panoramic social lens rather than a scientific microscope, and working with it through an open and heuristic process of collective learning, exploration, and experimentation, the APT approach promises to be efficacious in fostering collaborative behavior, reducing conflicts, building trust among all stakeholders and communities involved, and ultimately producing better and more satisfying results. “With more empirical research and applications, a more developed APT approach, along with innovative methods and skill sets, will be a competent alternative to the traditional solution-seeking approaches.” Xiang (Editorial) Landscape and Urban Planning 110:1– 4, 2013
    17. 17. Trends in science The Multisectoral Nutrition Policy Process: Complex Adaptive Systems (and Subsystems) Donors NGO/CSO Ministries Donors NGO/CSO Ministries
    18. 18. The NPP Complexity Context Informal Governance Structures: Stakeholder Network Map for Ethiopia Source: www.transformnutrition.org/ Illustrations
    19. 19. Fd Sec & Nutr Unit in PMs The Nutrition Policy Process: Fd Sec Unit Office The Composite Case of in PMs NGO MOH Esperanza Office Comm- CommFish Farms Supplem. Feeding Based Based in clinics, schools, Nutr Ed Nutr Ed High Lysine NGO programs Maize BF Promotion Nutr Rehab Units Home gardening & poultry Clinic GMP Clinic nutrition education 1970 1980 The Nature of Problems VitA campaigns Host internatl conference First Lady/Nutrition IFA in clinics MOH Nutr Educ & Nutr Rehab Units Uncoordinated and competitive NGO Comm-based programs 1990 Unified Natl Nutr Strategy: - Core objectives - Diverse implem 2000 2010 Donor Micronutrient Agenda Economic WHO, NGO, FSNU, NPP: dynamic, contingent, emergent, non-linear, UNICEF MOH, donor Cap Stunting 45% Crisis Bldg Advocacy rapport Donor Wasting 6% multi-scale, chaordic, open conflicts systemsShared Better Urban food 70% rural U5MR 180 MatMR 2000 Anemia VAD Seasonal and chronic food insecurity price spike Weak Commitment in MOH, MOA, MOE Weak networking Skills in FSNU USAID BF Program Nutrition lost in health sector reform 40% Absorptive Capacity in MOH Weak/no evaluations credit Strategic Alliance for Nutr NGO networking, sharing, voluntary coordination, trust building, advocacy evals Staff Turnover& Donor Conflicts resume
    20. 20. The Nature of Problems The Nature of Problems: Bottom Line Message “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Einstein
    21. 21. Trends in Science
    22. 22. Trends in Science Complexity and Systems Thinking “I think the next century will be the century of complexity” S. Hawking “Every PhD student in everything should get to grips with the ‘chaos/complexity’ programme, not for reasons of fashion or even legitimate career building, but because this is the way the world works and we need to understand that” D. Byrne In: Complexity and the Social Sciences
    23. 23. Trends in science Complexity and its Properties “It is difficult, nowadays, to open a popular science magazine, or a leading science journal, without reading about complexity, the approach to science that is expected to ‘define the scientific agenda for the 21st century’.1 Complexity theory is influencing fields as diverse as physics,2 cosmology,3 chemistry,4 geography,5 climate research,6 zoology,7 biology,8 evolutionary biology,9 cell biology,10 neuroscience,11 clinical medicine,12 management,13 and economics.14 However, it has to date had relatively little influence on the theory and practice of epidemiology.15 In this paper we review the basic concepts of complexity theory and discuss their relevance to epidemiology.”
    24. 24. Systems in Public Health Trends in science
    25. 25. Trends in science Two “Approaches” to Research on Complex Systems 1. Modeling 2. Engaging
    26. 26. 1. Modeling the Obesity System Trends in science
    27. 27. The UK Foresight Project: : http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight http://www.shiftn.com/obesity/zoom-map.html
    28. 28. Trends in science 2. Engaging with Complex Systems “If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.” -Kurt Lewin
    29. 29. 2. Engaging with Complex Systems Trends in science Research Question: Can intentional complexity-aware actions by some actors alter the behavior of the system? Properties of Complex Adaptive Systems (a) nonlinear interdependencies (b) self-organization (c) emergence (d) co-evolution w/ environment (e) Interaction, learning and adaptation among many actors
    30. 30. Mode 2 Knowledge Production Trends in science The central elements of sustainability science: • inter- and intra-disciplinary research • co-production of knowledge • co-evolution of a complex system and its environment • learning through doing and doing through learning • system innovation instead of system optimization Martens, P. 2006. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 2(1):36-41.
    31. 31. Trends in science Research on Wicked Problems and Complex Adaptive Systems “Much of the research and scholarship, as substantive as it may seem, remains largely a repetitive description of the social reality of wickedness, rather than well-grounded theoretical explorations or empirical investigations. “Aside from substance, the peer reviewed scholarly publications on wicked problems remain modest in quantity—our recent survey found a total of 332 cited papers on the Scopus database in the Elsevier Editorial System, and 162 on Web of Science. They are also geographically scattered, presenting a huge disparity across the world.” Xiang (Editorial) 2013
    32. 32. Clarifying (and Qualifying) the Complexity Space and the Management Approach Source: Barden, 2012. Complexity, Adaptation, and Results, Center for Global Development http://www.cgdev.org/blog/complexity-adaptation-and-results
    33. 33. Population Nutrition Research
    34. 34. Population Nutrition Research Complexity, Systems Thinking and Mode 2 Research in Nutrition Adv Nutr 4:92-114, 2013
    35. 35. Population Nutrition Research Frontier Dimensions • • • • • • Why we study What we study Who we study How we study: Methods How we study: Approaches Disciplines
    36. 36. Dimension Current Tendencies Frontiers Why Generalizable/ fundamental Actionable knowledge for stakeholders, orgs, knowledge re. scientific communities or publics at various scales; questions generalizable knowledge re. problem-solving What nutrients, nutritional status, laws, regulations, norms, programs, organizations, food and nutrient intake, systems, change processes in communities, food insecurity, behavior programs, policies, etc. Who women, infants, children, elderly, consumers policy makers, managers, implementers, leaders, networks, coalitions, private sector actors, citizens, universities How (methods) limited range of quant and qual methods: Interviews, focus groups, regression, trials… social network analysis, discourse analysis, Q methodology, document analysis, media analysis, process tracing, stakeholder analysis, influence mapping, program impact pathways, etc How (approach) detached, objectivist, positivist, reductionist, behaviorist, hypothesis testing… engaged, participatory, action research, CBPR, participant-observer, reflection in action, embedded, emergent, systems- and complexityoriented, reflexive, etc Disciplines Nutrition, epi/biostatistics, biomedicine, psychology, social psychology… economics, sociology, anthropology, policy analysis, law, urban planning, political science, organizational behavior, management sciences.. and TRANSDISCIPLINARY
    37. 37. “It is difficult, nowadays, to open a popular science magazine, or a Population Nutrition Research leading science journal, without reading about complexity, the approach to science that is expected to ‘define the scientific agenda for the 21st century’.1 Complexity theory is influencing fields as diverse as physics,2 cosmology,3 chemistry,4 geography,5 climate research,6 zoology,7 biology,8 evolutionary biology,9 cell biology,10 neuroscience,11 clinical medicine,12 management,13 and economics.14 However, it has to date had relatively little influence on the theory and practice of epidemiology.15 In this paper we review the basic concepts of complexity theory and discussTotal their relevance to epidemiology.” Journal Name Nutrition Journals Ecology of Food and Nutrition Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Maternal and Child Nutrition Journal of Nutrition Public Health Nutrition International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Subtotal nutrition papers in 2012 19 90 47 308 252 No. of papers with ≥1 Mode 2 characteristic1 4 13 5 7 22 (21%) (14%) (11%) (2%) (9%) 46 1 (2%) 762 52 (7%) Pham and Pelletier, in prep
    38. 38. Trends in science Nutrition journals: Mode 2 "Methods" • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Ethnographic narrative Immersion-observation Thematic analysis Policy review Onsite receipt collection Iterative action research via workshops Health-economic analysis Stakeholder analysis Consultative workshops Systematic internet review Emerging policy options with stakeholder input Implementation pathways Simulation of food intake patterns Impact pathways Pham and Pelletier, in prep
    39. 39. The Landscape for Population Nutrition Research
    40. 40. Illustrations • Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative • Program Implementation (PAG) • African Nutrition Security Partnership
    41. 41. Illustrations Our Complexity Context in All Cases NPP: dynamic, contingent, emergent, non-linear, multi-scale, chaordic, open systems World Bank 2006
    42. 42. The NPP Complexity Context Illustrations Informal Governance Structures: Stakeholder Network Map for Ethiopia NPP: dynamic, contingent, emergent, non-linear, multi-scale, chaordic, open systems Source: www.transformnutrition.org/
    43. 43. Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative (MNI) (Scope: Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, Bangladesh plus 14 country narratives) Feature Description Comment Research Question What factors influence movement of nutrition within national policy agendas? Initially broad and open, with specific foci emerging during engagement, and guided by broad frameworks or elements of frameworks Frameworks, Elements & Principles Policy sciences, Shiffman, Heaver, Kingdon, Potter and Brough, Grounded theory Used flexibly and as heuristics to guide our attention to certain elements or dynamics and to help interpret what we are seeing Research Methods Participant-obs, Field notes, Interviews, Documents, Member checks, Peer debriefing Emergent and eclectic; driven by need, opportunity, feasibility and acceptability Orientation Transdisciplinary, contextual, problem-oriented, socially-engaged, methodologically eclectic and reflexive Key findings Routes to agenda-setting; conflict in policy formulation; political attention vs political commitment vs system commitment; strategic capacity
    44. 44. The Focus and Orientation of Mainstreaming Nutrition
    45. 45. African Nutrition Security Partnership (ANSP) (Scope: Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, Uganda) Feature Deacription Comment Research Question What factors influence movement of nutrition within national policy agendas? Initially broad and open, with specific foci emerging during engagement, and guided by broad frameworks or elements of frameworks Frameworks, Elements & Principles Complex Adaptive Systems, Developmental Evaluation Policy sciences, Action Research, Change mgt, Adaptive management Used flexibly and as heuristics to guide our attention to certain elements or dynamics and to help interpret what we are seeing Research Methods Participant-obs, Field notes Practitioner profiles, NetMap Q methodology, Workshop docs, Interviews, Others tbd Emergent and eclectic; chosen for their reflective potential (participatory learning); and chosen to be as non-intrusive and nonextractive as possible Orientation Transdisciplinary, contextual, problem-oriented, socially-engaged, methodologically eclectic and reflexive Key findings In process
    46. 46. The Focus and Orientation of ANSP
    47. 47. Program Assessment Guide (PAG) (Scope: 3 countries with full workshops: Kyrgyz, Bolivia, Haiti 2 countries with partial workshops : Nepal, Tanzania) Feature Description Comment Research Question Can the PAG improve the design and delivery of nutrition interventions? What factors influence its performance? PAG was designed as an intervention in a moderately complex systems. The research question is more focused than MNI and ANSP Frameworks, Elements & Principles Results orientation Program theory Management, Change mgt, Adaptive management Principles from multiple frameworks were used in designing the PAG; Multiple frameworks will be used in evaluating experience with PAG Research Methods Partic-obs, Interviews Pre/post workshop eval Workshop documents Long-term follow-up Methods for evaluating the PAG have been challenged by the dynamic nature of workshops, the need for longer-term followup and lack of an explicit counterfactual Orientation Contextual, problem-oriented and socially engaged; transdisciplinary, but emphasizing mgt and action research Key findings Feasibility of PAG assessment; overlooked and contextualized bottlenecks; motivating influence of implementers’ participation; weak follow-up
    48. 48. The Focus and Orientation of PAG etc
    49. 49. A Few More Details
    50. 50. Mainstreaming Nutrition Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative • • • Funded by World Bank nutrition section ICDDR,B, Cornell: 2006-8 Objective: develop approaches and experience in moving nutrition from the status of a marginal issue with time-limited funding to a permanent feature on policy agendas and in MCN programs and policies Methods: • 1. – – 2. – – 3. – – Cross-country study (interviews, written case studies, observations) 30 respondents (nationals, researchers, NGOs, donors) 18 country experiences Focal countries (participant-observer and interviews): Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru Vietnam, Bangladesh Conflict and consensus sub-studies (interviews) Bolivia Guatemala
    51. 51. Mainstreaming Nutrition Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative Policy Process Study What factors influence the development of the national nutrition agenda? What are some promising avenues for future efforts? Country Experiences
    52. 52. Mainstreaming Nutrition 1.Societal Conditions 2.Catalytic Events 3.Structural Factors & Behaviors 4.Points of Contention 5.Strategies & Tactics Thematic coding Interviews, Written Accounts, Observations Grounded Theory, Kingdon, Policy Sciences Respondents: 12 nationals, 12 donor/NGO, 6 nationals in donor/NGO Benin, Burkina, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, The Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru Source: Food and Nutrition Bulletin 32(2): S59-S69, 2011
    53. 53. Points of Contention Mainstreaming Nutrition “[] the donors and NGOs basically could not get their act together because they were all arguing for their own special interest or their own view of how things ought to be handled for nutrition.” (International researcher and consultant to countries)
    54. 54. Mainstreaming Nutrition Strategies and Tactics “[] they had a lot of disagreements but they always went ahead with one voice. They sat behind closed doors and didn’t get out, but then they put on a good face when they came out and had one recommendation. (Donor agency)
    55. 55. Mainstreaming Nutrition Societal Conditions Catalytic Events Structural Factors & Behaviors Points of Contention ”Strategic Capacity” Diminished commitment, coherence, coo rdination and support for the national nutrition agenda Enhanced commitment, coherence, coo rdination and support for the national nutrition agenda
    56. 56. Mainstreaming Nutrition Strategic Capacity The human and institutional capacity to: • build commitment, vision and consensus towards a long-term national nutrition agenda, aka- the ability to • broker agreements, work within • resolve conflicts, a Complex • respond to recurring challenges and Adaptive System!!! opportunities, • build relationships, • undertake strategic communications, • strengthen operational capacities and implementation as part of the national nutrition agenda
    57. 57. Program Implementation (PAG)
    58. 58. Program Implementation The Challenge ? Pelletier AED PAG Training Jan 5-7, 2011
    59. 59. Program Implementation Pelletier AED PAG Training Jan 5-7, 2011
    60. 60. Program Implementation Program Assessment Guide (PAG) Processes Outputs Participatory Procedures To Strengthen: 1. Action Plan to Address Barriers & Enablers • The Systematic Integration Of Evidence, Contextual Knowledge & Experience 2. Operations Research Agenda • Shared understanding, commitment, ownership, motivation & capacity to advance the micronutrient agenda 3. Issues for Inclusion in M&E •Links with the broader nutrition and health agendas in the country 4. Strategic Plan to Build Support, Capacity & Sustainability Pelletier AED PAG Training Jan 5-7, 2011
    61. 61. Program Implementation Applications of the PAG 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Kyrgyzstan (micronutrient powders) Bolivia (micronutrient powders) Nepal (iron-folate supplements) Tanzania (iron-folate supplements) Haiti (mobile clinic w/ IFA) Haiti (community-based programs w/ multiple interventions) Haiti (Child Health Weeks w/ vit A)
    62. 62. Lessons Learned 1. Sponsorship, Responsibility, Commitment, Follow-up 2. Timing 3. Preparation 4. Participants 5. Contextuality (selection and sequencing) 6. Time constraints 7. Facilitation Pelletier AED PAG Training Jan 5-7, 2011 Program Implementation Before the workshop During the workshop
    63. 63. ANSP (African Nutrition Security Partnership)
    64. 64. ANSP (African Nutrition Security Partnership) • UNICEF/EU, 3 year project • Build on MNI and PAG • Focus on: – Strategic capacities – Adaptive Management – Developmental Evaluation ANSP
    65. 65. ANSP Africa Nutrition Security Partnership (ANSP) 2011-2015 UNICEF implements EU funds EU Objective Reduce stunting by: promoting, developin g and adopting a multisectoral approach 1. 2. 3. 4. 4 Pillars Up-stream policy development and nutrition security awareness Institutional development & capacity building Develop useful information systems and data analysis Scale-up interventions
    66. 66. ANSP, Cornell contribution 2013-2015 “Strategic capacity and adaptive management of multisectoral nutrition policies and programs” 1. strengthen strategic capacity within the national nutrition netywork 2. strengthen the capacity (and a model) for adaptive management of community-based, multisectoral nutrition strategies in selected districts 3. support real-time collective learning, sharing and documentation of project experiences.
    67. 67. ANSP ANSP Guiding Frameworks: Complexity, Developmental Evaluation, Policy Sciences And Change Management
    68. 68. In Closing
    69. 69. The Nature of Frontiers • Detailed maps do no exist – they are vague, sketchy and made during exploration and settlement • Explorers must be willing to embrace uncertainty, danger, hardship and hunger, so the tangible rewards (and/or the quest for discovery) must be substantial • New tools, skills and relationships will be needed to survive and thrive in the new lands • Native inhabitants, fellow travelers and explorers from other lands possess valuable knowledge to aid the process • Frontiers move in many directions and over varied terrains, so diversity in focus and approach is warranted
    70. 70. Summary • • • Nutrition has “arrived” “Nutrition” is no longer just “nutrition” How can we deliver results at-scale? “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Einstein “I think the next century will be the century of complexity” S. Hawking “If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.” Kurt Lewin “Every PhD student in everything should get to grips with the ‘chaos/complexity’ programme, not for reasons of fashion or even legitimate career building, but because this is the way the world works and we need to understand that” D. Byrne “Much of the research and scholarship, as substantive as it may seem, remains largely a repetitive description of the social reality of wickedness, rather than well-grounded theoretical explorations or empirical investigations. Xiang
    71. 71. Acknowledgments to everyone in our Complex Adaptive (Learning) System

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