The "Teach to Reach Summit - moving from theory to action" was organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 29 November to 1 December 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Teach to Reach Summit discussed the latest in learning science, strategies to improve immunisation training, measurement and support needed to ensure what is learned is applied on the job. Keynote presentations addressed the following topics: Instructural design; Measurement; and Training follow-up. The closing note focused on how to inspire learning.
The majority of the time was devoted to group work. The participants were divided in 7 groups addressing the key topics below. Each group had to work through 4 sessions: 1) concept and impact; 2) implementation and activities; 3) measurement; and 4) sustainability and resource requirements.
Post-training follow up: How can we reinforce content delivered in a training once learners return to the workplace? What mechanisms and structures already exist to provide post-training follow-up support, and what may need to be created?
- Incentivizing learning: How can we change the context of training and incentives to better promote learning and demonstration of knowledge and skills?
- Creating structures to support change: How can we institutionalize structures within government and/or academic institutions to support new methodologies for training?
- Training in fragile states: What is an effective model for training at scale in fragile states that could overcome significant and complex logistical constraints?
- Incorporating up-to-date information in pre-service training: How can we begin to improve upon pre-service training by incorporating up-to-date information in an ongoing, systematic way?
- Delivering existing training in new ways: How can we deliver a standard mid-level manager training in an innovative way?
- Delivering new vaccine introduction training: How can we plan ahead to best leverage project funds for new vaccine introductions (such as HPV introduction) or campaigns to deliver better immunisation training?
At the end of each day, groups reported back to the plenary and received constructive feedback from an expert panel and the other participants. The group work resulted in draft proposals that can be further elaborated on.
Specific NESI contributions:
- Invited poster presentation on "Evaluation of the introduction of the EPI prototype curricula in pre-service health training institutions in the African Region," NESI/University of Antwerp, WHO/AFRO.
- Team Lead for group work on "Incorporating up-to-date information in pre-service training"