Implementation Research Platform
Research in maternal, newborn and child health, and neglected infectious diseases has advanced significantly in recent years. Most research, however, has focused on the development of new interventions rather than optimizing the delivery of existing interventions. Implementation research addresses these delivery issues, exploring the challenges of generalizing research findings in the real world and contextualizing for specific settings.
With support from the Government of Norway (Norwegian Government Agency for Development Cooperation, NORAD), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), a new Implementation Research Platform will support research that:
- identifies common implementation problems and their main determinants which hinder effective access to interventions
- develops and tests practical solutions to these problems that are either specific to particular health systems and environments or that address a problem common to several countries in a region, and
- determines the best way of introducing these practical solutions into the health system and facilitates their full scale implementation, evaluation and modification as required.
Over 2010 and 2011, the Implementation Research Platform will begin its programming by launching several different Calls for Proposals. These will encourage research partnerships in low- and middle-income countries that are country-led and linked to national strategies; involve policy-makers and implementers; build capacity to undertake and lead such research; and establish networks and multi-country collaborations. All of the Platform’s programming will further develop its overarching objectives:
- supporting country-led research to derive lessons on scaling up interventions and services. Particular attention will be paid to knowledge translation mechanisms bringing researchers and research-users together;
- synthesizing and disseminating evidence around the optimized delivery of existing interventions;
- building capacity for health systems research and knowledge translation; and
- promoting collaboration among specific disciplines and domains to advance health systems research.
The Alliance is hosting the Implementation Research Platform in partnership with the Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) of the World Health Organization (WHO), the HIV/AIDS Department , WHO, the Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).