USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
CORE Group is a partner on MCSP, a project that aims to end preventable child and maternal deaths in 25 high-priority countries. Within MCSP, CORE Group is an active member of the cross-cutting Community Health and Civil Society Engagement team, using our expertise in helping non-governmental organizations collaborate with government partners and other NGOs to improve health for communities and families. CORE Group also diffuses MCSP information to our members and creates a forum for MCSP to solicit targeted input and feedback from an array of community health practitioners.
Key 2016 Accomplishments:
- Literature Review: Civil Society Engagement to Strengthen National Health Systems to End Preventable Child and Maternal Death: The role of civil society in national health system strengthening remains ill-defined as disagreements continue to exist concerning the roles and responsibilities of donors, governments and civil society itself. The authors aim to showcase the potential of civil society engagement to strengthen national health systems.
- Ethiopia Newborn Care Pilot: MCSP funded a six-month pilot project on Social Mobilization and Demand Creation for Improved Newborn Care in Errer Woreda, Somali Region, Ethiopia from October 2015 to March 2016. CORE Group implemented the pilot using the CORE Group Polio Project platform, led in Ethiopia by CCRDA. On August 24, 2016, a workshop was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to disseminate results of the project’s final assessment, which show encouraging results for the feasibility of using established immunization platforms to promote newborn health messages. A final report is forthcoming.
The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program
CORE Group is a partner on The TOPS Program, a USAID/Food for Peace (FFP)-funded program that builds the capacity of FFP grantees and improves the quality of implementation through fostering collaboration, innovation, and knowledge sharing around food security and nutrition best practices. CORE Group brings expertise in cultivating collaborative learning environments through facilitation, planning and leading participatory learning events, and furthering capacity and skills building in order to nurture an open community of practice, the Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network.
Key 2016 Accomplishments:
- Participatory Facilitation Techniques Workshop Curriculum: This curriculum equips trainers to lead a short skill-building workshop to provide meeting facilitators with some new “tools” and techniques for facilitation.
- January 2016 Knowledge Sharing Meeting (Washington, DC): This meeting brought together over 170 implementers, donors, and researchers from 52 organizations to explore how research and practical application can inform one another in addressing key opportunities and challenges.
- September 2016 KS Meeting (Kampala, Uganda): The Knowledge Sharing Meeting brought together over 200 implementers, donors, and researchers from over 95 organizations to explore the changing landscape of food security in the region, including the growing role of youth and the need to build sustainability and resilience strategies into projects.
- Developing a KM Strategy Workshop & Resource: Few resources exist for small organizations or projects looking for direction in developing a knowledge management strategy that meets their unique needs. The three-day ‘Developing a Knowledge Management Strategy Workshop,’ held in March 2016, was designed to fill this gap. A guide was developed from this workshop and was one of the top 10 most downloaded resources from the FSN Network Resource Library in 2016.
- USAID Niger RISE KS Meeting: The TOPS Program and USAID Niger held a two-day knowledge sharing workshop with RISE and other USAID Food for Peace (FFP) partners and stakeholders in April 2016.
- Online Engagement Summer Series: This three-part series tapped into the collective wisdom of sector experts to deliver solutions to some of the challenges of online engagement. Recordings and other resources from all three sessions are available:
- Part 1: Let’s Talk Online Engagement, Stan Garfield
- Part 2: Assessing the Health of Your Online Community, Richard Millington
- Part 3: Peer Assist: Get Practical Solutions for Your Online Engagement Challenges, Dar Maxwell
- Learning Agenda Workshop: This 3-day workshop held in November 2016 explored learning agendas and how to bring knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, and facilitation skills to the table to construct effective, collaborative learning agendas that can be implemented within an existing project construct.
CORE Group Polio Project
The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) is a multi-country, multi-partner initiative providing financial backing and on-the-ground technical guidance and support to strengthen host country efforts to eradicate polio.
CORE Group supports CGPP by fostering program learning through the development and dissemination of technical guides, project reports and information; fostering connections between the polio-specific work of the project and other health activities that can benefit from the polio experience, and initiating documentation and research of legacy activities, in support of program improvement and impact reporting to the public.
Key 2016 Accomplishments:
- CORE Group’s Spring 2016 Global Health Practitioner Conference gave the opportunity for CGPP staff to lead a session on “Life After Polio: What Have We Learned and What Can We Use?” and present during a half-day workshop on “Civil Society Engagement: Practical Solutions.”
- CORE Group highlighted and disseminated CGPP materials and resources to thousands of public health professionals at the American Public Health Association Conference in Denver in October 2016.
- Through the CORE Group website, e-newsletters, listservs, social media, events, and other outlets, CORE Group regularly shared CGPP updates throughout the year with CORE Group Members and the broader global health community.
- Ethiopia Newborn Care Pilot (see above under MCSP)
Resilience Evaluation, Analysis, and Learning (REAL) Project
CORE Group is a partner on the REAL project, which launched in the last quarter of 2016. REAL is a consortium-led effort to synthesize evidence on the impact of USAID-funded resilience programming; strengthen the capacity of monitoring and evaluation practitioners to engage in context-specific resilience analysis; and share relevant learning with USAID Missions, host governments, implementing partners, and other key stakeholders.
CORE Group works closely with our consortium partners (Save the Children, TANGO International, Mercy Corps and Food for the Hungry), in collaboration with USAID’s Center for Resilience, to share new research on resilience measurement, facilitate knowledge sharing events and trainings, and support dissemination of practical guidance pieces and strategic analysis.