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Taking a closer look at the evidence on integrated development

October 03, 2014 —

Integrated approaches to development are not new, yet emerging economic, technological and demographic shifts have led many development experts to ask whether they may offer a better solution for meeting today’s challenges than “siloed” approaches. 

FHI 360 recently began an in-depth exploration into the use of integrated development approaches, with the intent to discover whether and when they are effective in generating the greatest and most lasting impact.

As a first step, FHI 360 conducted a literature review to better understand the available evidence on the integration of global health with other sectors of development. While we did find that some integrated models can have a positive impact in certain circumstances, we also realized that there was a lack of convincing evidence around some programs that the development community had largely assumed to be effective. The major takeaway: High-quality evidence on integrated, multisector development interventions is inadequate. It is currently unclear which integrated strategies are proven to work well when combined, which do not and which are most cost-effective.

FHI 360 is committed to addressing these knowledge gaps and strengthening the evidence base for integrated development. We believe this inquiry will bring us closer to building healthy, productive communities around the world. 
Download the summary brief and the full literature review. Read our CEO Patrick Fine’s blog on integrated development.