Writing and Prioritizing Recommendations
Crafting meaningful recommendations that are understood by key stakeholders, such as policy and decision makers, media sources, funders, and other relevant organizations, is vital to translating these into actions. Well-designed recommendations can also be effectively monitored and evaluated, allowing a country to track its progress.
The BBF recommendation development and prioritization is summarized in 3 steps (Figure 2). The prioritization process has been adapted from The Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) research priority-setting methodology for BBF purposes. It is highly recommended that you use specific strategies to reach consensus during this process, similar to those utilized during benchmark scoring.
When to use this tool
In-country directors should begin reading the Writing and Prioritizing Recommendations guide before beginning the 5-meeting process. Writing the recommendations begins as gaps are being identified and prioritizing them is conducted after the third meeting.
The Appendices below provide the tools needed to writing and prioritize recommendations during the 5-meeting process.
- Appendix 0. Recommendations Grading Online Survey Set-Up
- Appendix 1. Recommendations development template
- Appendix 2. PowerPoint template for initial recommendations presented in the 3rd meeting by gear teams
- Appendix 3. Template for online survey to grade recommendations (See Word Document or Google Forms link)
- Appendix 3a. Letter to committee members requesting recommendation survey completion
- Appendix 4. Excel file to compile survey responses and calculate summary grades for recommendations
- Appendix 4a. Instructions for managing survey and survey responses
- Appendix 4b. Summary grade calculator
- Appendix 5. Template for priority recommendation and development of key actions
- Appendix 6. Methods for prioritization process
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