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Mind the Gap: Research & Evaluation Methods Meeting

Tuesday, June 1, 2022

This two-day meeting, hosted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Health Research Challenge for Delivery Project (TRAction), took place from June 1-2, 2010. The meeting objectives were to:

  • Review selected implementation barriers and public health system challenges in the introduction/translation and widespread access, coverage, and utilization of evidence-based interventions in developing country health systems;
  • Review different research methodologies, their strengths and weaknesses and discuss how implementation research could better guide programs to improve maternal, newborn, and child health;
  • Develop recommendations to optimize the use of different research methodologies, including mixed methods and emerging or new methodological approaches that could strengthen implementation research, produce more rapid results, and enhance its impact on program design and performance; and to
  • Develop recommendations to improve the relationship between operational program implementers and applied researchers so as to improve research relevance and use of findings to improve program design, performance, and scale-up.

Meeting Agenda

Participant List



Introductory remarks by Dave Nicholas, Richard Greene, Neal Brandes, Nancy Kaufman

Opening Presentation: "Are we asking the right questions and using the right methods?" by Neal Brandes

Case Example: CARE India Rachna Project by Massee Bateman and Abdullah Baqui

Panel Research Approaches: What research methods would the panelist use in such a situation? moderated by Nancy Kaufman

Panel Presentations

1. Program Design & Implementation Research Challenges by David Peters

2. Qualitative Methods by Mimi Nichter

3. Quantitative Methods by Simon Lewin

4. Quality Improvement by Dave Nicholas

5. Market Research by Kim Longfield

6. Policy Research by Sara Bennett


Case Studies

1. Insurance Program, Seguro Popular, Mexico by Gary King

2. Essential Obstetric Care, Niger by Lynne Miller Franco

3. Community Case Management (CCM) in Africa by Nancy Binkin

4. Bed Nets, Tanzania by Marc Boulay

5. Task Shifting: Emergency Management of Obstetric Complications (EMOC) by Lynn Freedman

6. Newborn Care Complications by Joseph Johnson


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