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Implementation Research (IR) toolkit(Participants Manual & Facilitator’s Guide)

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Implementation Research (IR) toolkit(Participants Manual & Facilitator’s Guide)

The toolkit was developed by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Over 200 researchers, academics, disease control programme managers, policy-makers, health administrators, communication scientists and journalists contributed to test and evaluate the toolkit. Funding was provided by governmental and co-sponsor core contributions to TDR. Specific support was also provided by USAID/PEPFAR, and by the Implementation Research Platform, which is based at the World Health Organization.

Why IR?

Implementation research (IR) has been used to increase the use of bednets in Africa to reduce malaria, address the rise in multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in eastern Europe, prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in South Africa, and ensure that ivermectin is distributed to 60 million Africans to control onchocerciasis, otherwise called river blindness. It is a very powerful type of research that can identify implementation barriers and improve health care delivery.

The need to address implementation barriers and improve delivery of health services is often greatest in settings where health systems are the weakest or non-existent. Implementation research addresses these bottlenecks by identifying optimal approaches for a particular setting. Unfortunately, the essential skills to conduct this type of research are limited in these settings and academic public health curricula rarely provide courses on this topic.

This is a type of research that requires partnership and multidisciplinary teams. It goes beyond scientists to include policy-makers, the media and community members. So this toolkit was developed to help countries struggling with critical health systems issues to learn new approaches that can rapidly address specific challenges.

Key characteristics of implementation research;

  • Systematic
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Contextual
  • Complex

Toolkit Overview

This toolkit comprises seven modules, each providing a participant manual, workshop session slides, and links to relevant further reading and references.

  • Module 1: Defining and contextualizing implementation research
  • Module 2: Developing an implementation research proposal
  • Module 3: Planning to conduct the research
  • Module 4: Data analysis and presentation
  • Module 5: Dissemination of research findings
  • Module 6: Monitoring and evaluation
  • Links to relevant further reading and references.
Purpose of toolkit

The purpose of the toolkit is to help strengthen participant skills in six areas:

  • Contextualizing implementation research issues.
  • Developing an implementation research proposal.
  • Planning to execute implementation research.
  • Analysing implementation research data.
  • Communicating the findings and feeding them back into the health system.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the project.
Who can use this toolkit?
  • Health care service providers
  • Programme staff
  • Researchers
  • Decision-makers
  • Finance and administration officers
  • Media

Learn how to:

  • Identify barriers to implementation and formulate the research question
  • Make your case for funding
  • Set up a study design and appropriate methodologies
  • Plan the project (budget, personnel, timelines, monitoring and evaluation)
  • Collect, analyze and present research information
  • Develop a dissemination plan
  • Monitor and evaluate your research project





For more information about Implementation Research, Opportunities and local partnership in Nepal;

Implementation Research (IR) Initiative in Nepal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Implementationresearch Twitter: https://twitter.com/ir_nepal

Feel free to contact;

Sagun Paudel,
HA, BPH, MPH (Implementation Research)
[email protected]

Follow this link for: IR OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENT (Global Opportunities)


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