PROGRESS meeting on institutionalizing evidence-based practices: It takes a village
FHI 360, Washington, DC
1875 Connecticut Ave., at corner of T St. (across from the Hilton), Greeley Hall
FHI 360 and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invited key partners to attend the first in a series of end-of-project technical meetings to be convened over the next year by the Program Research for Strengthening Services (PROGRESS) project, a five-year USAID cooperative agreement awarded to FHI 360 (2008–2013). About 60 people attended. The meeting focused on how PROGRESS works with ministries of health and other key stakeholders to accelerate the institutionalization of evidence-based approaches to increase access to and quality of family planning services for underserved populations. The meeting also provided an opportunity for USAID and key partners to share their thinking about the institutionalization of evidence-based practices, the USAID High-Impact Practices, and how the broader USAID "family" with family planning funding can work in a collaborative fashion.
Links to the slides presented at the meeting are available where presented during the agenda, below. Under case studies, the India link is to a report; this presentation was given without slides. Neither the introductions nor the USAID/partner panel included slides.
- To share with the USAID community how the PROGRESS project's design seeks to institutionalize evidence-based practices
- To demonstrate how the PROGRESS project's design has worked, illustrated through case studies from country-level activities
- To share lessons among USAID partners on how to ensure that systems are in place to sustain (and scale up) evidence-based practices
8:30 - 9:00: Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15: Greetings, Introductions, Purpose of the Meeting
- Jim Shelton, USAID
- Johannes van Dam, FHI 360
9:15 - 9:45: PROGRESS Overview
- Institutionalizing Evidence-Based Practices [PDF, 922 KB]
- Maggwa Ndugga, PROGRESS director; John Stanback, PROGRESS deputy director
Dr. Maggwa presents an overview of PROGRESS.
9:45 - 11:15: Case Studies from PROGRESS Country-Based Activities
- Trinity Zan, FHI 360 research utilization, PROGRESS Senegal team
- Angela Akol, FHI 360 country director
- Theresa Hoke, FHI 360 senior scientist
- Christine Lasway, FHI 360 research utilization, PROGRESS Tanzania team
- Assessing the Quality of Integrating Family Planning Services into the Immunization Program in Jharkhand, India [PDF, 503 KB]
- Bitra George, FHI 360 country director
11:15 - 11:30: Tea and Coffee, Snacks
11:30 - 12:45: Institutionalizing Evidence-Based Practices: USAID High-Impact Practices
- Moderator, Shawn Malarcher, USAID
- Victoria Jennings, Institute for Reproductive Health
- Karen Hardee, Futures Group
- Joseph Dwyer, Management Sciences for Health
- Pape Gaye, IntraHealth
Members of the partners panel (L to R): Victoria Jennings, Pape Gaye, Joseph Dwyer, Karen Hardee.
12:45 - 1:00: Next Steps and Close
Light Lunch - for those who wanted to stay and continue the conversation
PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) was a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project sought to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.