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Applications of Implementation Science in Nutrition Programs

Event Date: 
May 09, 2019
9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT
Online Event
USG Nutrition Coordination Plan's Implementation Science sub-group


The Global Nutrition Coordination Plan’s Implementation Science sub-group invites you to join us for an interactive learning-exchange webinar with practitioners and researchers on what an implementation science approach is, hearing real-world example of how global nutrition programs have engaged with and applied implementation science, and bringing your own questions for discussion on how implementation science can be used in your respective nutrition and food security mission.



9:00 - Nutrition and Implementation Science: Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative 

Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) is an initiative designed to track country readiness and progress to effectively scale up breastfeeding programs. BBF is grounded in implementation science within the context of complex adaptive systems and the need to understand causal mechanisms and impact pathways of resulting policies and programs to strengthen its impact and sustainability globally. Dr. Perez-Escamilla will present the role of implementation science in BBF, including government involvement, factors influencing implementation, costing, and impacts of the program.  

  • Rafa Perez-Escamilla, Yale School of Public Health


9:40 - Case study of implementation science and program

Real-world example of how global nutrition programs have engaged with and utilized the results of implementation science.

  • Alice Ammerman, University of North Carolina
  • Kenda Cunningham, Helen Keller International


10:00 - Discussion

What are the key questions programs can ask of implementation science? What is an IS approach?

How can IS as a tool be used in nutrition and food security mission area in the USG? How can IS help nutrition programs prioritize their work?

What role can/should M&E play in IS?

  • David Pelletier, Cornell University and the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition
  • Gila Neta, National Cancer Institute


10:20 - Q&A


10:30 - Adjourn

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