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Implementation Science Strategies for Scaling Out Home-Visiting to Promote ECD and Prevent Violence: A Partnership in Rwanda
December 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Led by Dr. Betancourt and partners in Rwanda, The Family Strengthening Intervention (Sugira Muryango) is a home-visiting early childhood development (ECD) intervention with added focus on violence reduction and father engagement that is set to reach nearly 10,000 families by the end of this year. Sugira Muryango is delivered by trained lay workers to the families living in the most extreme poverty in three districts in Rwanda. During this presentation, Dr. Betancourt will share the evolution of Sugira Muryango, key findings from recent trials, how the intervention was successfully implemented, and unanticipated findings. Dr. Betancourt will discuss how the current program can be integrated within poverty reduction/social protection initiatives in Rwanda. The global objective of this talk is to convey to the audience the importance of implementation strategy. Evidence-based practices and interventions are not guaranteed to translate to routine practice and policy; we must focus on implementation strategies and technological innovations to guarantee our evidence-based programs improve the quality of life for those most affected by adversity.
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About the Speaker
Theresa S. Betancourt is the inaugural Salem Professor in Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work and Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA). Her primary research interest is to understand the protective processes that contribute to risk and resilience in the mental health and development of children and adolescents facing adversity in a variety of cultures and settings. Dr. Betancourt has led several initiatives to adapt and test evidence-based behavioral and parenting interventions for children, youth, and families facing adversity due to poverty, illness, and violence, and additionally focuses on strategies for scaling out these interventions using implementation science approaches.