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Implementation Research and Delivery Science: First Consultative Meeting

Monday, April 7, 2022

A two-day meeting, organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (WHO) and the World Bank took place from April 7-8, 2014. The objective of the meeting was to develop a shared vision for the broader and more effective use of IRDS in advancing global health goals.

 

Issues for Discussion

  • Current implementation challenges on health related MDGs and the role of implementation research and delivery science;
  • Drivers, facilitators and barriers that impede the advancement of implementation research and delivery science;
  • Alternative models that can be applied to support implementation research and delivery science in diverse contexts; and
  • Potential for building a community of champions for implementation and delivery science

Expected Outcomes

  • A consensus statement on the framing of implementation research and delivery science within global health and development priorities;
  • The outline of a strategy for harmonizing implementation research and delivery science efforts in global health programs;
  • Key  action points for increasing demand and support for implementation research and delivery science efforts within global health programming; and
  • Technical report summarizing the discussions.

 

Meeting Agenda

Participant List

 

Presentations

Welcome and Meeting Objectives

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Ariel Pablos-Mendez, USAID

 

Making Research an Integral Part of Implementation and Scale-up: What are the Problems?

Key Questions:

  • How do we identify the right implementation problems for implementation research?
  • How do we bring together the right stakeholders effectively?
  • What are the examples of approaches that have worked well?  Not worked well?
  • Are there any underlying principles or lessons learned?

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Soraya Elloker, Government of South Africa

Somsak Chunharas, National Health Foundation Thailand

 

Country and Agency Perspectives

Key Questions:

  • What are the barriers and opportunities for promoting IRDS in their country and/or agency?
  • Are there lessons from past experience on IRDS?

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Marina Kosacoff, Ministry of Health Argentina

Nhan Tran, WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

 

Framework for IRDS

Key Questions:

  • Where does IRDS fit in the pathway to good health outcomes?
  • What are the elements of an IRDS framework?
  • What are the drivers
  • What are the opportunities?

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David Peters, Johns Hopkins University

Enola Proctor, Washington University

 

What Makes Good IRDS?

Key Questions:

  • What is considered good IRDS by different stakeholders?  What are the criteria?
  • What are the major barriers to good IRDS?
  • How do you treat "unwanted" research (i.e. research on difficult topics for policy-makers, or when the results are disappointing/threatening)?

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Humphreys Nsona, Ministry of Health Malawi

 

How to Create an Enabling Context for IRDS

Key Questions:

  • What have decision-makers and managers done to create an enabling context for IRDS?
  • What is needed to better adopt evidence-informed interventions?
  • What is needed to raise demand for IRDS to improve implementation?
  • How much flexibility in planning and implementation is possible even in the face of good research?

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Abdo Yazbeck, World Bank

Kelechi Ohiri, Ministry of Health Nigeria

 

Aligning Incentives to Support IRDS

Key Questions:

  • What is needed to change the incentives to fund IRDS appropriately?
  • What are the incentives, and how can they be changed, to influence the demand and use for IRDS by policy-makers?
  • What does it take to change the incentives for academic success to be aligned with IRDS?

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Roger Glass, NIH Fogarty Institute

Advancing IRDS: Developing a Vision and Agenda

 

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