Adaptive management is increasingly seen as critical capability for development programmes and policies that are more effective, efficient, relevant and sustainable. There is increasing recognition that such work requires significant changes to the organizational structures, management processes,...
USAID's Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) and the United Nations Evaluation Development Group for Asia and the Pacific (UNEDAP) cohosted the Asia Regional Evaluation Evidence Exchange, which was held from October 19 to 20, 2015, at USAID/RDMA’s Asia Regional Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
Practitioners working in nutrition must start thinking about the effect food, health, and education systems have on nutrition practices and outcomes. “Systems thinking” means paying attention to the unpredictable interactions among actors, sectors, disciplines, and determinants of nutrition. That thinking results in new ways of approaching, analyzing, and solving challenges, which must be applied through policy development, program design, implementation, and research. SPRING approaches systems in two ways – by articulating and promoting systems thinking for nutrition and by strengthening specific components of those systems. This paper makes the case for why systems thinking is important for nutrition and proposes several approaches to strengthening systems for nutrition.
A background paper on facilitating systemic change in value chains for the November 2012 USAID Experience Summit on Strengthening Country Systems.