Developing a strategic Learning Agenda

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Client GAIN
Dates 2012
Sector(s)Global Health
Service(s)Strategy & Finance

The development and initiation of a ‘learning agenda’ is an important component of GAIN’s organisational strategy, encompassing its four key initiatives: food fortification, micro-nutrient supplements, fortified complementary foods, and ag-nutrition.

The purpose of the learning agenda is to define and guide the scope and scale of GAIN’s future work to improve its understanding of the health and delivery effectiveness of different interventions by: (i) identifying areas of learning that GAIN should initiate to inform the delivery of its new Global Strategy; (ii) prioritising and structuring these new areas of learning; and (iii) setting out the high-level monitoring, research and evaluation activities that GAIN needs to implement in order to improve its understanding of prioritised areas. Learning generated is also to be disseminated to the wider nutrition community, to contribute to enhanced knowledge and understanding of the potential of different approaches and interventions to improving nutrition outcomes.

CEPA’s role was to facilitate the development of the GAIN Learning Agenda, which we undertook in three stages:

  • Stage 1: Identifying the long list of opportunities. Based on a literature review, we developed a comprehensive evidence assessment to map existing evidence in different interventions areas, and establish knowledge gaps. We also conducted consultations with GAIN and the broader nutrition community to develop a long list of potential opportunities where it would be beneficial for GAIN to commission research/ studies.
  • Stage 2: Agreeing the learning areas. We developed a set of criteria/ principles to filter the long-list of potential learning opportunities identified, and facilitated GAIN stakeholder workshops and discussions to achieve consensus on the short-list of learning areas which formed the basis of the Learning Agenda.
  • Stage 3: Planning for implementation. For each of the agreed learning areas, we prepared high-level: (i) implementation plans including identifying the specific activities required to deliver learning, potential partners/ implementers, timescales, and budgets; and (ii) plans for disseminating learning to target audiences using different methods/ channels.