Prioritizing Research for Integrated Implementation of Early Childhood Development and Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition Platforms

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

health, nutrition and early child development

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Existing health and nutrition services present potential platforms for scaling up delivery of early childhood development (ECD) interventions within sensitive windows across the life course, especially in the first 1000 days from conception to age 2 years. However, there is insufficient knowledge on how to optimize implementation for such strategies in an integrated manner

What was the objective?

to systematically identify a set of integrated implementation research priorities for health, nutrition and early child development within the 2015 to 2030 timeframe of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 57 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CHNRI approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: defining context and criteria for priority setting. Step 2: technical experts were asked to list and score research options, in total 92 questions were proposed, steering committee compiled questions and removed overlapping options and questions that fell outside the scope of the exercise, experts scored each proposed research question against five predetermined criteria each with three sub-questions. Step 3: soliciting input from societal stakeholders to weigh the criteria. Step 4: calculation of research priority scores and average expert agreement

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers, program experts. 27 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A purposive sample of researchers and program experts from both high-income countries and LMICs with expertise in ECD and/or MNCAH&N was selected.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders not only participated but were also actively involved in the research prioritization process: They were part of a steering group. The members compiled questions and decided not to weight the prioritization criteria.