Build a lasting and scalable program
APPLY THE PRINCIPLE
There are three main phases to building an electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) program:
INITIATE – includes early research, goal setting, and stakeholder engagement;
DESIGN – includes identifying technology, assigning responsibilities, and creating the systems to support the program;
IMPLEMENT – includes piloting the program, adaptively managing, and scaling it.
Here you can see how this principle manifests throughout each phase.
- Identify potential challenges to longevity of the program early on
- Consider: Is the budget for the program secure? Where is political support strongest and weakest?
- Encourage the adoption of these principles into policy
- Encourage policy adoption/development to strengthen eCDT support at the governmental level
- Estimate funding needs and responsibilities to fund the program sustainably
- Develop plan for long-term funding to support all steps of program implementation
- Identify potential pilot sites
- Select supply chains that are well-understood and sites that have on the ground (industry and NGO) support
- Pilot test the eCDT program
- Formalize partnership with the users and supporters who will be the first implementers of the technology. Implement a mechanism to receive feedback from the first implementers
- Outline scope and objective for scaling
- Identify differences between the pilot and other areas for implementation
- Assess objectives and resources for scaling: are the funds, staff, infrastructure, and resource commitments still present and appropriate for the scope?