Implementation Research Platform

Bringing effective innovations to practice through research

Despite the existence of proven solutions and increased support at national and international levels, progress in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health has been unacceptably slow, as have efforts to address HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.

There is an urgent need for implementation research to optimize the delivery of existing interventions to save lives, prevent and treat illness, and maximize the impact of health expenditures. The Implementation Research Platform (IRP) is dedicated to fulfilling this need and tackling the challenges of implementing existing and new research findings in real-world settings.

Launched in 2010 at the first Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, the IRP supports new and on-going research to improve access to life saving interventions essential to achieving the health-related MDGs.


The IRP aims to make progress towards MDGs 4, 5 and 6 through three objectives:

  • Supporting the generation and use of country-led implementation research to derive lessons on best ways of scaling up interventions
  • Facilitating the use of evidence in decision-making related to scale-up processes
  • Strengthening the capacity to conduct implementation research


The Alliance hosts the Implementation Research Platform in partnership with The Department for Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCA) of the World Health Organization (WHO), The Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH).


The IRP is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Norwegian Government Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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