Pre-Conference Workshops

Join us for pre-conference workshops on Monday, September 25! All workshops require separate registration. Registration is limited, so register today!

Exploring Normative Change:  Concepts and Techniques for Identifying and Assessing Norms that Influence Health Behaviors
9:00am – 4:00pm

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Susan Igras, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University

Gender and other social normative changes influence behavioral outcomes of health programs yet such normative shifts are difficult to define operationally yet alone measure. Often our work is implicitly focused on normative change; how can it be more explicit? How can we design normative change interventions to be scalable from the start – to reach more communities and achieve greater impact? This workshop draws from work of the USAID-supported Passages project and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-supported Social Norms Learning Collaborative, both aim to advance theory, practice, and measurement of scalable normative change interventions focused on adolescent/youth sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Aiming to encourage more cross-sectoral discussions and exploration by CORE Group members of the issues and practical ways to think about them, the workshop will allow a space for discussion on norms-focused interventions and highlight several participatory exercises we have been using to learn how communities understand norms relating to specific health behaviors.

Introduction & Exploration of ProPAN, a Formative Research Tool for Infant and Young Child Feeding Research and Programming
9:00am – 12:00pm

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Jennifer Burns, CORE Group Nutrition Working Group Co-Chair, Catholic Relief Services; Mandana Arabi, Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN)

**Participants must have IYCF Programming and Research background, as well as general M&E Experience

This workshop is an opportunity to build awareness of and explore through hands-on practice a state-of-the-art formative research tool for designing and implementing infant and young child nutrition programs. It is applicable to anyone working on nutrition research and programming in development country context. Given the recent emphasis on multi-sectoral programming for more impactful programming, this tool can be applied to a wide variety of programs aiming to improve community health. Individuals with research experience, both quantitative and qualitative, and a background in nutrition are ideal for this capacity building session. This tool was designed by PAHO and UNICEF, and although the tool is recognized among nutrition practitioners and donors around the world, to-date there have been a limited number of training sessions on how to use it.

Planning and Conducting Advocacy at the National and Subnational Levels
1:00pm – 4:00pm

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Tara Kovach and Kavita Sethuraman, FHI 360, FANTA

Advocacy is a platform to create movement toward both greater political and social commitment to an issue in a country. It is a planned, systematic, and deliberate process that is defined and shaped by the specific country context. It engages stakeholders by using a participatory and consensus-building approach toward a shared vision at national and subnational levels. A central focus of advocacy for healthier communities is to promote accountability and strengthen governance. For example, advocacy to improve nutrition can serve to support the development of a nutrition policy, the investment of resources to strengthen and expand the implementation of nutrition services, and the coordination between government and nongovernmental organizations that play a role in providing nutrition services in the country. By examining the context of the country situation and tailoring advocacy needs to that situation, advocacy can be more effective in igniting change and making strides toward healthier communities.

This interactive half-day workshop draws from work of the USAID-funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA) Project, and aims to provide participants with a greater understanding of how to plan for and conduct advocacy efforts at national and subnational levels.