At BIL we are constantly seeking support from varied stakeholders to vet our solutions and make it a one of high impact. One such essential collaboration comes in form of partnering with the State Health Society, Bihar (SHSB). One of the objectives of the Bihar Innovation Lab (BIL)Â is to localize innovation through building capacities of stakeholders at different levels within the policy making and executing ecology to solve complex problem with human centeredÂ approach. This would also streamline the Labâ€™s work ensuring its viability and sustainability.
In the first week of March the Lab officers met with the Executive Director (ED), SHSB and the Additional Executive Director (AED) at the Development Partners Meet where we introduced ourselves and the kind of work being delivered. We also introduced ideas of innovation retreats that include field expeditions, needs finding exercises and collaborative innovation workshops. The Lab also spoke to Regional Program Manager (RPM)Â ofÂ Purnea to understandÂ whether this innovation capacity creation concept is conceivable. The RPM was quite positive about the whole idea of innovation workshop.Â
ED at SHSB directed us to Dr. Jayati Shrivastav, Deputy Director of Training Cell in SHSB whereÂ sheÂ suggested us toÂ create three letter drafts, one for ED, explaining our work and activities that we shall be doing with the health officials, second for civil surgeons urging them to identify health officials at district and block level who shall be participating in the innovation workshop and a third, a note sheet which shall comprise of detailed activities that shall be circulated within the SHSB to seek consent from all the relevant officials for such a radical move for SHSB.
We also submitted translated version of letters for Civil Surgeons to Dr. Shrivastav. The letters were sent to all Civil Surgeons immediately. This is the first step to identify officials who shall be participants for the innovation workshops that shall commence from 1st week of June.
On Web Ideas Bank, our other important element of Innovation Capacity Creation , Mr. Masood Alam, OSD to ED, has agreed to put us in touch with the IT person of SHSB so that the work on Web Ideas Bank too can be initiated soon.
The actual work starts now!