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The strategic review created a workplan for 2002–2006 which became the basis for the evolving strategy to implement and scale up best practices.

By early 2001 the partnership was attracting new members, such as the Public Health Institute (PHI). At a February partners’ meeting, PHI contributed its vision and experience to the debate on how to reorient the DAU process.

The partners decided that, rather than focusing largely on introducing and implementing technical guidelines, the revised process would embrace a larger range of issues. A country’s needs and priorities would decide which issues received attention.

The DAU process itself would become less linear. Experience in country would receive more attention, and best practices already developed would be identified, highlighted and shared. Knowledge would be shared and exchanged in all directions. 

Approaches to identifying programme needs and developing plans would be further adopted from the USAID MAQ Initiative and from methodologies already tried and tested by various USAID-supported organizations, such as Performance Improvement, COPE (Client-Oriented,Provider-Efficient services), and Quality Assurance.

By early 2001 the partners had adopted the new name—the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative. In a May meeting partners worked on a new conceptual framework built on the principles of leadership and change management, Performance Improvement and Knowledge Management. The vision of the Initiative was succinctly stated:

The Implementing Best Practices (IBP) process is a collaborative global effort to identify best family planning/reproductive health practices and support the development of learning and creative programmes to apply them.

Preparations were undertaken to launch the IBP Initiative in Cairo, Egypt, for country teams from India, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey and Yemen.


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