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We knew we had problems but not the extent

(On 4th Dec 2019, Dr Michael Steffens visited Village Hiragata, Kamrup Rural, Assam, India for evaluation of CLCP and SALT approach in building community ownership on child health. Anganwadi worker* named Surya Hamida  presented two self-assessments for year 2017 and 2018 done by the community on child health and shared the importance of Self assessment. Project being implemented by Voluntary Health Association of Assam and Constellation with voluntary Health Association of India. Thanks…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 5, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

From checklists to process

Village Sakiapara, Udalguri District, Assam (India). We are using CLCP and SALT process for community engagement on immunization and child health. ANM and ASHA are health workers in India

ANM- Initially there were left outs and drop outs in immunization in this village in year 2017. Through SALT approach, ASHA realized that she could tap the community and rope in the women and if they are involved she could get 100% immunisation. Male participation in immunization has improved. Male…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 4, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

Nine weeks of CLCP- what surprised us?

In HealthRise transition grant we are using CLCP with for patient centred approach to diabetes and hypertension in Rajasthan and Himachal, India. In our call today with the implementing team, Mamta NGO from Shimla, Himachal, I asked the team what surprised them.
  1. Many of the old villages where they had used SALT in first phase 7-8 monts (2017-2018) most of the patients continued to visit the medical facilities like in village Dhanot and Khatnol mentioned Virender and…
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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 30, 2019 at 5:40pm — 1 Comment

When health worker begins to facilitate SALT

Late in the night I received a message  health worker or ASHA(accredited social health activist) as we call in India. She had facilitated SALT for the first time and enjoyed it and wanted to share the pictures with me. She is Anita from Dharech, Block Theog, Himachal Pradesh, India. We are working with NGO Mamta-HIMC funded by Medtronic Philanthropy on patient centred approach to diabetes and hypertension. 

This what Anita shared:

I think SALT is a very good approach…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on September 30, 2019 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

SALT stimulates response and behaviour change

One of the early projects I facilitated CLCP around 2012. I actively started facilitating in 2013.
Avahaan Project funded by BMGF and for Care India, I facilitated CLCP with a collective of 10 sex worker CBOs called Nari Saksham in Rajahmundry. This was under Anthony Reddy who headed the project. Through CLCP we had to build leadership amongst the sex workers to improve organisation and development of CBOs. 
During one of the SALT visits one of the practices which…
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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on September 29, 2019 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Effective community entry processes

I attended a webinar which made me think of the first step of Community life competence process . The webinar -Effective community entry processes: How to build partnerships with communities (and how not to!)

In this Breakthrough ACTION Springboard webinar, Gail Snetro and Carla Sanchez of Save the Children reviewed effective…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 27, 2019 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Communities are not just 'data gatherers'!

WWF Netherlands and the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands organized a three-day workshop on Citizen Science in The Hague in early July 2019. The workshop brought together  representatives from civil society, science and government to learn from interesting cases studies, unpack prominent themes related to citizen science and share experiences.…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on July 18, 2019 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Whose knowledge is valid?

I have been informally involved with Society for Community Research and Action. The group recently had an exciting discussion on definition of CP practice and how it can/is/should change! I watched the video later and found it very useful and want to share with you. Thanks to Nicole Freund, Research Scientist, Managing Editor, Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice for this video. 

Key takeaways from the video

Whose knowledge is…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 30, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Community-based participatory art project in Beijing (China)

I attended a presentation on The Feather Nest Project with Bojun Hu, Ilda Freire, and Emily Wong. Taos Institute organises regular calls for its associates and I am proud to be their associate. This presentation explored the co-creative process in a community-based participatory art project, and discussed embodied ways of transforming the relational space in between people.  Bojun, Ilda, and Emily co-created a community-based participatory art project in Beijing China. The Feathers Nest…
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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 6, 2019 at 6:22pm — No Comments

When we changed our way of working to SALT, community began to take responsibility of its health

Himani Sharma worked as SALT facilitator in NGO called Mamta, India. In this video, she shares her experience of engaging patients and communities in #HealthRise project supported by Abt Associates in Catholic Health Foundation of India - Udaipur and NGO Mamta- Shimla (India). This project used Constellation's approach CLCP and SALT for…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on January 25, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

‘Ownership’ of evaluation & evaluative mindset in communities – key to achieving the goal of No one left behind

We often use the term community participation in evaluation but do we reflect enough on the degree and depth of this engagement?“Use of participatory tools alone do not guarantee ‘ownership’. Evaluation can be a largely extractive process of getting data from the communitiesdid the communities have a say in what data has to be collected?” (LaiaGriñó (2015), DME for peace webinar).In “Theory of ownership” Philip Forth argues, “When I decide what to do and I do…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on January 2, 2019 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

11-13 year olds as stakeholders

Background : We started CLCP with adolescents( age group 17-19 years old) who attend computer classes in SAATHI Community centre of Institute of Social Studies Trust, Delhi, India. The aim is how they can be themselves and discover their inner potential. Additionally, how can they value and support each other and work towards a community they want. We met the adolescent girls, then boys and finally on 2nd November 2018, we invited both the groups to meet and share with…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 12, 2018 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Lessons: facilitating youth in their late teens/adolescence

Third meeting:  mixed group of boys and girls (step one of CLCP) 

We started CLCP with adolescents who attend computer classes in SAATHI Community centre of Institute of Social Studies Trust, Delhi in India. The aim is how they can be themselves and discover their inner potential. Additionally, how can they value and support each…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 15, 2018 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Appreciative conversation- "Beginning it is hard but if you get into the habit, it grows like a culture"

(On 28th Sep 2018,  I facilitated a one-day session on use of SALT and Community life competence process in development and M&E . NILERD -National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (An Autonomous Institute under NITI Aayog, Government of India) organises M&E course for foreign professionals every year in Delhi, India. Here is a short summary of the discussion we had on our ‘common humanity’ and what it means in context of our work with people. This is part II…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 19, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

“I can see myself in you”

On 28th Sep 2018,  I facilitated a one-day session on use of SALT and Community life competence process in development and M&E . NILERD -National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (An Autonomous Institute under NITI Aayog, Government of India) organises M&E course for foreign professionals every year in Delhi, India. Here is a short summary of the discussion we had on our ‘common humanity’ and what it means in context of our work with people. This is part I of…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 14, 2018 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Power of Appreciation (Step one of CLCP: who are we) with adolescent girls

Recently, we facilitated an introductory session with 11 girls aged 17-19 years who attend after-school English and computer classes at Saathi Centre, Institute of Social Studies Trust in Delhi, India. Ivanka, Kanika and Sneha were my co-facilitators. The project aims to build an enabling environment for the girls in a neighbourhood in Delhi. We are at step one of Community life competence process- Who are we? We began with a SALT meeting…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on September 24, 2018 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Shimla Knowledge Fair: facilitating conversation without fixed outcomes

Constellation worked with NGO Mamta in Healthrise project on diabetes and hypertension funded by Medtronic Foundation and supported by Abt Associates. SALT and CLCP were used as a pilot in 14 villages in two blocks of Shimal district, State of Himachal, India. Nuggets from Shimla Knowledge Fair…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on September 3, 2018 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

SALT visits: response, challenges & results

Lalit Sharma is  working with Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) for healthrise program supported by ABT associates and funded by Medtronic philanthropy.Through SALT and CLCP, the programs is  trying to motivate patients to respond to hypertension and diabetes. He has written his experience in facilitating SALT visits in CLCP in Patient Support Group in village- Bhandimagri, Girwa Block. He did SALT visits with patients and stakeholders.)…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 17, 2018 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Knowledge Fair provides a platform for share, learn, transfer

Knowledge Fair on 10th August 2018 at Udaipur, India demonstrated why should we hold a knowledge fair of communities who are taking action for their issues.

This was under Catholic Health…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 11, 2018 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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