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For the past three years, the echo network has developed a global model for involving communities, academia, industry, NGOs & governments in the scientific process to ensure better scoping, scaling, & translation of new knowledge & technologies to enhance sustainable development in emerging economies. The activities over the past three years have developed a deliberate collaborative approach that considers the viewpoints of each stakeholder in the system, identifies common interests and points of inflection and establishes communities of practice that work iteratively together across the system to fill current knowledge gaps.
In 2020-2021 through the Changemakers Table, 77 changemakers, 49 organizations and 5 countries used value mapping, problem definition and evidence planning along with theory of change to define our Concept Notes. An additional 87 consultants refined objectives and outcomes. In 2022, through the Expert Dialogues, 123 thought leaders refined the concept notes into initial Pilot Projects to be executed in the SAGE program. Finally in 2023, through the Network Summit, 130 participants from over 90 organizations revisited the theory of change to refine the concepts with outputs from our SAGE Senior Ambassadors to develop knowledge gap-filling projects for SAGE Fellows, a PhD program to start in 2024.