Implementation Research Platform

"IR speaks truth to power by identifying neglected issues, demonstrating performance & increasing accountability of health organizations"

"IR speaks truth to power by identifying neglected issues, demonstrating performance & increasing accountability of health organizations"

"[IR] brings researchers and implementers together as allies and accomplices"

"[IR] brings researchers and implementers together as allies and accomplices"

" [IR] is an invitation for researchers to step in and help improve the system"

" [IR] is an invitation for researchers to step in and help improve the system"

"We need an integrated theory of change...a collective collaboration that takes into account patients and providers”

"We need an integrated theory of change...a collective collaboration that takes into account patients and providers”

Resources »

Resources

We work to develop relevant resources in the field of IR for a wide range of audiences including decision-makers and researchers. Find out more about our newly launched Implementation Research in Health Guide which aims to boost implementation research capacity, particularly in LMICs.

Opportunities »

Opportunities

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, in collaboration with UNICEF, is pleased to announce a call for implementation research focusing on maternal, newborn and child health. The Principal Investigator must be an individual from a low or middle income country directly or indirectly involved in the implementation of health interventions for maternal, newborn and child health. The proposed research should examine an implementation question that can be addressed through an existing health programme. Grants for research studies of 12 months will be of up to US dollars 100,000.

Impact of Our Work »

Ourwork

Our work bridges science and practice by using multiple approaches at the national, regional and global levels. These include capacity strengthening, developing tools to bring evidence into policy-making, and advocating for Implementation Research and evidence-informed policy making.

Making a Difference »

Making

We’re working with partners in over 20 countries around the world to bring research into practice as a means of strengthening health systems and improving health. Our focus on countries with a high maternal and child death rate ensures that efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality and strengthen capacity are targeted to areas where they are needed most.

The Need for Implementation Research

Despite the existence of proven solutions and increased support at national and international levels, progress in improving maternal and child health and addressing HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria has been unacceptably slow. More than 287,000 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy ... (more)

Despite the existence of proven solutions and increased support at national and international levels, progress in improving maternal and child health and addressing HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria has been unacceptably slow.

More than 287,000 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy and child birth, even though proven interventions to prevent these deaths are available. Approximately 7.6 million under-five children, including 3.1 million newborns, die each year from diseases that are preventable or treatable with existing interventions.  The majority of these deaths occur within the most disadvantaged populations in the poorest countries of the world: Asia and sub-Saharan Africa account for 75% of all maternal and under-five child deaths.

Research in maternal, newborn, and child health and neglected infectious diseases has significantly advanced in recent years. However, the focus has been mostly on the development of new interventions, rather than optimizing the delivery of existing interventions.  There is a need for implementation research that seeks to optimize the delivery of existing interventions and also explores the challenges that are faced when generalizing research findings 'in the real world'. 

The effectiveness and impact of current health expenditure, both within countries and through international donors, could be greatly enhanced if it: (i) was informed and assisted by Implementation Research and well-designed monitoring and evaluation carried out in advance of, concomitant with, and after programmatic implementation; (ii) was undertaken with the wider goals, policies, strategies, needs and opportunities of the entire health system in mind; and (iii) was more country-led. 

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