The Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) welcomes the new decade by holding true to its commitment of bringing optimum nutrition for Filipinos. A core team from DOST-FNRI came up with a new set of strategic plans that will guide planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Institute’s performance through various programs and projects.
The strategic plan articulates two levels of performance - organizational and program levels. The organizational level presents an integrative perspective of operations as a whole. It is a consolidation of performances of each program under the Institute including cross-cutting concerns, and technical and administrative functions. At the program level, the strategic plan spells-out the program-specific performance targets, key activities and milestones.
The strategic plan is in accordance with the Institute’s vision, mission, mandate and core values of excellence, action-orientedness, teamwork and sincerity. Its strategic direction and goal is to be at the forefront in food and nutrition researches, innovative technologies and transformative information towards a well-nourished nation.
The DOST-FNRI identified strategies, along with four perspectives based on the Balanced Score Card (BSC) including finance, learning and growth, internal processes and stakeholders to execute its mission and achieve its intermediate vision in the next five years.
The strategies are designed to synergize and complement each other to achieve the strategic direction in five years. They are as follows:
1. Provide strategic solutions to malnutrition reduction across all life stages through food and nutrition research and development (R&D) and science and technological (S&T) services
2. Utilize National Nutrition Survey (NNS) data and basic research as prime drivers to policy actions, interventions and intervention models
3. Maintain active collaboration with partners
4. Provide accurate and timely nutrition survey results
5. Implement cutting-edge food and nutrition R&D, strengthen the development of innovative technologies, and promote transformative information on food and nutrition
6. Promote and deliver globally-recognized food and nutrition S&T services
Learning and Growth
7. Develop human resources and build a strong R&D and science, technology and innovation (STI) culture
8. Ensure effective and efficient management of financial resources
9. Secure additional funds from external sources for special R&D and S&T services
In terms of measuring performance, the DOST-FNRI developed its organization-level scorecard that defines the key performance indicators (KPIs) for each strategy. Annual targets are set with the intention to refine these as strategies that will evolve over time. Each of the programs likewise defined their KPIs and targets in the same measurable constructs.