What’s we’ve done so far: involving stakeholders
To do both in a complementary way, Save the Children designed the adaptation process to involve key stakeholders whenever possible.
At the study launch, we invited stakeholders from government, civil society and INGO communities to not only sit in the audience and learn about the work, but also to take a look at the materials from Uganda, and propose changes. They formed a material adaptation reference group and spent a full day reviewing the materials together. This resulted in both a solid set of recommendations, and an engaged and excited body of stakeholders. Following this meeting, we took our materials into the community, speaking with parents of adolescents, community members, and older adolescents willing to offer advice about what they wish they had known in the run-up to puberty. This feedback being collated and will be presented, again, to stakeholders. Then, these stakeholders will listen to these diverse voices, discuss their opinions amongst themselves, and provide further guidance to material development.
In just a few short months, we hope to have a finely crafted set of tools, relevant and tailored to the needs of young people, and vetted through a body of stakeholders who are engaged and committed to the program’s success.
Passages, led by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University in partnership with FHI 360, JHU’s Global Early Adolescent Study, PSI, Save the Children and Tearfund, aims to address a broad range of social norms, at scale, to achieve sustained improvements in family planning and sexual and reproductive health. This research project is building the evidence base and contributing to the capacity of the global community to strengthen normative environments that support positive family planning and sexual and reproductive health, especially among very young adolescents, newly married couples, and first-time parents. This work is funded by USAID and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Chris Hook is a Senior Program Coordinator at Save the Children USA. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panelists Nana Dagadu and Rebecka Lundgren of IRH and Brad Kerner of Save the Children will discuss GrowUp Smart, GREAT, and the importance of programs for VYAs in The Metrics of Growing Up: Developmentally-appropriate Approaches for Intervention and Measurement at the Young Lives Conference on Adolescence, Youth and Gender from 8-9 September, 2016.