Dr David Tan participated in the 2018 annual meeting for the RISE (Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments) project, which took place at Monash University, Melbourne on the 26-30 November 2018. RISE is a real-world intervention on water and sanitation for health, taking place in twenty-four locations in Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji. He was there to learn about the project and explore ways to develop an implementation research component for RISE.
The meeting was an extended workshop addressing the ongoing logistical, directional, and epistemological challenges of RISE. These are substantial but expected issues in a complex, interdisciplinary, and international project. Dr Tan co-led a session on interdisciplinarity, during which he presented a role for implementation research, rooted in learning processes and mental models, in order to facilitate translation and scale-up of the RISE intervention.
Key outcomes for UNU-IIGH were connections made with the Objective 1 team and the Indonesian in-country team, which would be critical to making any implementation research component work. Following discussions during the meeting, the team are working to identify the boundaries for an implementation research project and develop a framework for studying and capturing the learning processes around project implementation.