Implementation Research Platform

About the Implementation Research Platform (IRP)

Research in maternal, newborn and child health, and neglected infectious diseases has advanced significantly in recent years. Most research, however, has focused on the development of new interventions rather than optimizing the delivery of existing interventions. Implementation research addresses these delivery issues, exploring the challenges of generalizing research findings in the real world and contextualizing for specific settings.

Our vision

The Implementation Research Platform (IRP), launched in 2010 at the first Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux, Switzerland, is an initiative of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) that strives to be the leading global entity for implementation research by:

  • supporting new and on-going research to enhance the implementation and scale-up of proven-effective life-saving interventions and programmes;
  • acting as the convening entity for global and regional initiatives;
  • engaging researchers and research-users (e.g. policy/decision-makers, implementers, programme managers) in the generation and uptake of research evidence/knowledge in scaling-up proven-effective life-saving interventions;
  • engaging stakeholders involved in policy/decision-making processes including: government, civil society, public sector entities, NGOs, the private sector, and advocates; and
  • supporting the development of institutional capacity to conduct implementation research.

By investing in implementation research, the IRP aims to improve the access to, and increase the uptake of knowledge on effective, life-saving interventions essential to achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals.

Our goals and objectives

The goal of the Implementation Research Platform (IRP) is to increase the generation and use of relevant implementation research evidence in decision-making processes to improve the scale-up of effective, life-saving interventions.

The IRP does this by focusing on three thematic areas:

  • Supporting the generation of knowledge to facilitate implementation scale-up of effective interventions
  • Facilitating the use of evidence in decision-making related to scale-up processes
  • Supporting the development of institutional capacity to conduct implementation research

Key achievements

Since 2010, the Implementation Research Platform has led a variety of activities including the initiation of several calls for proposals to stimulate the generation of new knowledge in this field, the development of an Implementation Research Guide, and the coordination of a series of meetings with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank Group to create a common platform for advancing Implementation Research and Delivery Science (IRDS) to improve health in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

These activities have encouraged research partnerships in low- and middle-income countries that are country-led and linked to national strategies; involve policy-makers and implementers; build capacity to undertake and lead such research; and establish networks and multi-country collaborations.

To learn more about our work, please see: Our Projects.


The IRP receives support from:


The Alliance hosts the Implementation Research Platform in partnership with:

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