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The power of knowledge sharing: BID launches encyclopedia of lessons spanning five-year journey

By Celina Kareiva, Communications Associate, BID Initiative

Jul 11, 2018

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Photo: PATH/Trevor Snapp. Health workers chat at Usa River Health Center in Tanzania.

Growth and progress are rarely linear. They zig and zag, and at times, for every step forward, there are two steps back.  Buoyed by platforms like the BID Learning Network (BLN) and User Advisory Groups, the BID Initiative has embraced adaptive management and iterative, flexible program design that, over the last five years, have translated into many proud wins, some setbacks, and in turn, many lessons learned. In the hopes of sharing these we’ve compiled a comprehensive encyclopedia that documents our learnings throughout every stage of BID’s journey, from the design and testing of data quality and use interventions, on through implementation. The encyclopedia is organized by intervention type and provides background, a summary of lessons learned, and recommendations for each. We explore the reasons for shifting rollout strategies, the initial use of video games in select test facilities as a training tool, and change readiness assessments, among other intervention types.

Knowledge is one of our most valuable assets for addressing today’s global health challenges. In the sharing this encyclopedia, we hope it will help others similarly working to strengthen health programs, improve health outcomes, and save lives. To download the encyclopedia, visit our BLN Resource page.

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