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"If you always do what you always did" - Systems Thinking for developing canine health improvement strategies

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This is the presentation we made to the Dog Advisory Council's open meeting on 3rd December 2013. It explains how Systems Thinking can be applied to develop canine health improvement strategies.

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"If you always do what you always did" - Systems Thinking for developing canine health improvement strategies

  1. 1. Systems Thinking If you always do what you always did…… Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013
  2. 2. Systems thinking is an approach to problem solving that views “problems” as part of a wider dynamic system. Systems thinking involves more than a reaction to present outcomes or events. It demands a deeper understanding of linkages, relationships, interaction and behaviours among the elements that characterise the entire system. Systems thinking for health systems strengthening edited by Don de Savigny and Taghreed Adam, World Health Organisation 2009. Systems thinking; a definition Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013
  3. 3. • The issues in dog health and welfare stem in the main from human behaviour and humans fear and resist change • Role of dogs in our society is characterised by both plurality and polarity • The context for dog health and welfare issues is changing fast – life sciences, information and communication technologies, ethics • Large parts of our existing system were created in 19th Century – we have a legacy system • Increasing levels of frustration in many quarters over pace of progress • It’s complicated! The problem Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013
  4. 4. • All organisations, people and actions that are involved in the promotion, supply and ownership of dogs. The “Dog System” Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013
  5. 5. Interventions Stakeholders Information Veterinary & Genetics Technologies Funding The multiple relationships and interactions between the building blocks and how these affect each other, convert the building blocks into a system Leadership & Governance The building blocks in this system Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013
  6. 6. The System that Builds Brachycephalic Dogs Puppy contract Low Volume High Welfare Show enthusiasts Not registered Joe public Owners self -esteem /ego Flat faces present health problems Celebrity owners BREEDERS High Volume High Welfare Low Volume Low Welfare Registered High Volume Low welfare Rescue Breeder education Imported People find flat-faced dogs adorable Breathing difficulties Eye problems Advertisers/ organisations use them to sell products and services Actions to influence demand Strategic approach of welfare organisations Achieve their charitable objectives Their incomes Owner education Dog-ED ltd ©2013 Breed standards for flat-faced dogs KC Breed watch Dental problems Whelping problems Concerns over health problems Breeding strategies Veterinary advice Veterinary reporting Veterinary treatment Veterinary knowledge and expertise Actions to influence supply Commission Research into health conditions Fund research Breeding Standard Veterinary education Professional pride and self esteem Veterinary income Competition to secure research funding Research into prevalence and impact of health conditions Research is published The Brachycephalic map Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013
  7. 7. The System that Builds Brachycephalic Dogs Puppy contract Low Volume High Welfare Show enthusiasts Not registered Joe public Owners self -esteem /ego Flat faces present health problems Celebrity owners BREEDERS High Volume High Welfare Low Volume Low Welfare Registered High Volume Low welfare Rescue Breeder education Imported People find flat-faced dogs adorable Breathing difficulties Eye problems Advertisers/ organisations use them to sell products and services Actions to influence demand Strategic approach of welfare organisations Achieve their charitable objectives Their incomes Owner education Dog-ED ltd ©2013 Breed standards for flat-faced dogs KC Breed watch Dental problems Whelping problems Concerns over health problems Breeding strategies Veterinary treatment Veterinary knowledge and expertise Veterinary education Professional pride and self esteem Veterinary income Competition to secure research funding Research into prevalence and impact of health conditions Research is published Finding the beat of the system Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013 Veterinary advice Veterinary reporting Actions to influence supply Commission Research into health conditions Fund research Breeding Standard
  8. 8. The System that Builds Brachycephalic Dogs Puppy contract Low Volume High Welfare Show enthusiasts Not registered Joe public Owners self -esteem /ego Flat faces present health problems Celebrity owners BREEDERS High Volume High Welfare Low Volume Low Welfare Registered High Volume Low welfare Rescue Breeder education Imported People find flat-faced dogs adorable Breathing difficulties Eye problems Advertisers/ organisations use them to sell products and services Actions to influence demand Strategic approach of welfare organisations Achieve their charitable objectives Their incomes Owner education Dog-ED ltd ©2013 Breed standards for flat-faced dogs KC Breed watch Dental problems Whelping problems Concerns over health problems Veterinary advice Veterinary reporting Veterinary knowledge and expertise Actions to influence supply Commission Research into health conditions Fund research Breeding Standard Veterinary treatment Veterinary education Professional pride and self esteem Veterinary income Competition to secure research funding Research into prevalence and impact of health conditions Research is published Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013 Breeding strategies
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  10. 10. Who will lead? Who will need to change their behaviour? What information is needed? Building better Brachycephalics What veterinary & genetics tools will help? What interventions will work? What funding is required? Example: System-wide intervention Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013
  11. 11. Aspirational • Why? Guidance • How? Operational • What? Hot topic – 3 levels of design
  12. 12. Create Outputs Supply side Breeder focused Breed healthier dogs Demandside Buyer focused Buy healthier dogs “Hot topic” Generate Support Establish new behaviours Define Projects Dogs Benefit Happy, healthy, well looked after dogs Aspirational level
  13. 13. D O G E D Conduct research into BOAS Share with key stakeholders Develop a Breed Health Strategy A Breed Health Strategy Collaborative planning Develop a Breed Health Scheme A Breed Health Scheme Clubs and Vets Owners participate in Health Scheme Develop education for all breeders Breeder Education resources Breeders Breeders breed more moderate dogs Develop guidance for exhibitors and judges Show guidance is available Exhibitors and Judges More moderate dogs win at shows Develop education for vets Vet Education resources Vets and Referral Specialists Vets provide advice to owners Develop education for owners Supply side BOAS Reports Owner Education resources Owners Owners provide a healthy lifestyle for their dogs Hot topic example Healthier Brachycephalics Guidance level
  14. 14. D O Develop an assessment framework A recognition system Promote the scheme to owners Promotional campaigns Conduct health assessments Assessment sessions & advice Publish health results Supply Side: “Develop a Breed Health Scheme” Vets available Develop a recognition system Reports available Review results and trends D Robust testing protocols Recruit and train vets E An assessment framework Develop testing protocols G Analysis and priorities known Healthier Brachycephalics Vets and owners Owners act on advice Hot topic example Operational level
  15. 15. Dog-ED role: 1. 2. 3. Apply Systems Thinking to a current “hot topic”; e.g. Building better Brachycephalics Build Systems Thinking capability into key stakeholder organisations and apply it on some joint working Develop a 3-5 year Strategic Change Programme for Canine Health and Welfare Improvement Facilitating Training/Coaching Consulting/Coaching Next steps; options…
  16. 16. Learn skills in individual Stakeholder organisations Apply skills in pilot joint “Quick Win” projects Build capability Apply skills in crossStakeholder “High Impact” projects
  17. 17. Leading on dog health and welfare Where are we now? What needs to be done by which part of the system? • Strengths • Commitment • Areas for • Focus improvement • Resources Implement all those actions • • • • • Review & Renew Research • Recognition “Fix” • Measurement Design Education Communication Change Programme
  18. 18. • De SAVIGNY and ADAM 2009 Systems thinking for health systems strengthening, World Health Organisation • MEADOWS D 2009 Thinking in Systems, Earthscan London • SENGE P 1990 The Fifth Discipline The Art and Practice of a Learning Organization, Century Business • SWANSON et al 2012 Rethinking health systems strengthening: key systems thinking tools and strategies for transformational change, Health Policy and Planning 27 iv 54 –iv 61 References Dog-ED Ltd. © 2013

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