Policy Implementation Lab: Explore Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST)


Tata Centre for Development at UChicago & International Innovation Corps

in collaboration with

Suvarna Arogya Surakha Trust


Policy Implementation Lab: Explore Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST)

Monday, 8 May 2017 and Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Bengaluru, India

SAST is a Special Purpose Vehicle established to implement the flagship health schemes of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka. It is responsible for implementing the state of Karnataka’s Universal Health Coverage agenda alongside the Health Commissionerate. SAST is making rapid progress in convergence of multiple schemes under its implementation umbrella to improve utilization, increase efficiency and eliminate redundancy. We invite you to participate in a 360-degree exploratory discussion about SAST and its implementation innovations.

Tata Centre of Development at UChicago’s Policy Implementation Lab is a no-holds barred space for discussion and debate that goes deeper than the average conference format allows to uncover practical skills and actionable insights for policy implementation. This is a space to step outside the panel discussion format, engage in meaningful conversation, network and find tangible take-away messages. And it doesn’t end there. We reach out and re-engage you on your take-aways at one, three and then six month milestones after the event to offer you support and get feedback on your learning.    

Who are we?

The University of Chicago (UChicago), one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, has driven new ways of thinking since its founding in 1890. Today, UChicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars and thinkers to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas.

The Tata Centre for Development at UChicago (TCD) is a development accelerator with offices in Delhi and Chicago. Through its three wings – research, implementation and capacity building – the TCD tests, implements and delivers actionable, scalable and high-impact development ideas to the government and non-profit sector in India.  

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a social impact and implementation consulting practice founded at UChicago. The IIC recruits, trains and embeds young professionals from the best universities in the world to assist government and non-profit sector partners to scale their development programs and achieve tangible impacts. The IIC is the implementation wing of the TCD in India.  

Is this another conference with presentations by people who do not know my job?


Which is why the TCD’s very first Policy Implementation Lab will be held at and co-hosted by the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST), Government of Karnataka. The central thrust of this event is foster discussion amongst you and your peers about an administrative model - SAST - and whether or how it will work in your context. We do have some presentations from both practitioners and TCD-IIC leadership; but we promise to keep them short. But our goal in each session is to make a brief presentation and pose questions for the group to debate and share.  

TCD and IIC are founded on the fundamental principle that there are already many dedicated people with excellent ideas about how to tackle entrenched problems of development and poverty within the public sector. Where these ideas often flounder is in their execution - in the transition from pilot to program, or from translation to one location to another, or in eliciting the behavior change from the very communities they are designed to benefit. We’re here to deliberate these challenges together with you.  


A few good reasons.  

  • SAST’s unique administrative design has allowed it to experiment with implementation innovations and pursue ambitious strategic priorities that are worth exploring in a deeper conversation with its peers.

  • The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has recently designated SAST a learning hub.

  • SAST has partnered with TCD and IIC for several years. We are happy to share how this exciting collaboration works!