Beginning the Transition Process: IMPACT Leaders Cluster Meetings

After establishing and supporting county-level IMPACT Teams for the past nine months, inSupply began the process of transitioning IMPACT Team operational processes to leaders in the 10 focus counties. In February 2017, inSupply and the counties held a series of Leadership Cluster meetings which brought together the county IMPACT Leaders who were initially trained on the Leadership Initiative in June 2016, and were empowered to lead the IMPACT teams and support their monthly activities.

The goal of the meeting was to improve county IMPACT leaders’ ability to plan for and facilitate monthly IMPACT team meetings, consistently use the data-driven process to facilitate achievement of targets and results, and sustain, and grow the IMPACT Team Network. Peer-to-peer learning is critical to the IMPACT Team approach and the meetings purposefully included a mix of counties to allow for greater collaboration and shared learning. The agenda was focused on the critical aspects that the inSupply team felt needed to be transitioned to the leaders, including:

  • understanding the IMPACT team monthly activities,
  • planning for and conducting the monthly meetings,
  • interpreting the visuals on the Indicator Tracking Tool and leading the data review among other process.

Participants were encouraged to explore opportunities for engaging other partners and projects to adopt and support the IMPACT team approaches. The main outputs of the meeting were sharing of county IMPACT successes and achievements and the development of a transition plan.

inSupply Regional Technical Advisor facilitating a session

These  Leadership meetings were clustered in three groups: the ‘Nairobi’ cluster brought together 11 participants from Nairobi, Isiolo, and Kirinyaga counties; the ‘Kisumu’ cluster had 16 participants from Nandi, Kakamega, Migori, and Nyamira counties; and the ‘Coast’ cluster had 12 participants from Kajiado, Mombasa, and Kwale counties. Three external supply chain partners from the USAID supported Afya Jijini and Pwani projects also participated in the meetings. Their engagement and involvement gave additional support to the transition and they agreed to take up the IMPACT Team approach and support the monthly meetings.

Evaluations from the meetings revealed that participants mostly enjoyed sharing their county achievements, learning from each other and the data challenge exercise (interpreting the visuals from the Indicator Tracking Tool). The inSupply team will continue to support the county teams towards realizing the timelines identified in the transition plans.

IMPACT Team members reviewing achievements during leadership cluster meeting