Improving Programme Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER)

The interface between research and practice is often fraught with challenges driven by a lack of understanding and poor communication between decision-makers and researchers. The resulting outcome is low uptake and use of research findings within health systems and programmes.

In order for research to address issues of implementation, an intimate understanding of the programme, as well as the health system and greater context that encompass it – from the perspective of the decision-maker – is needed. This ensures that relevant research questions are asked, feasible recommendations are provided, and that evidence is timely for decision-making.

Research programme

In 2014 the Alliance launched a new initiative in collaboration WHO Regional Offices entitled “Improving Programme Implementation through Embedded Research (iPIER)”. iPIER aims to facilitate the implementation of effective health interventions through the use of research that is conducted as a part of the implementation process.


In June 2014, the Alliance launched its first iPIER initiative with the WHO Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Of the 234 letters of intent received, seven teams were selected for funding.


In September 2014, the Alliance launched iPIER in collaboration with the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). Thirteen research teams were awarded funding.

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