TDR implementation research toolkit launched

TDR news item
31 March 2014

An extensive toolkit developed by TDR has been published on how to conduct implementation research. This toolkit was designed to help people learn a standard process that would lead to results that could be compared across regions and countries. It is designed to help identify system bottlenecks and the stakeholders to be involved, formulate appropriate research questions, conduct the research and develop a plan for implementing the study results.

Panel members at the launch of the Implementation Research Toolkit
From left, Olumide Ogundahunsi, TDR toolkit manager; Sue Kinn, Chair, TDR Joint Coordinating Board; John Reeder, TDR Director; Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director, Alliance on Health Policy and Systems Research; Göran Tomson, Chair of Alliance on Health Policy and Systems Research STAC.

At the launch on 27 March, a panel discussed the need for this type of support and where it could be useful. “It is an absolutely essential tool,” said Göran Tomson from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, who is Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Alliance on Health Policy and Systems Research. “We’re glad to have collaborated on this.”

Implementation research is conducted within routine systems and real life settings, removed from the controlled settings associated with other types of scientific research. Consequently, it requires a multi-disciplinary team that includes not only researchers, but also healthcare providers, public health officials and policy-makers, as well as the media.

“This is a major TDR product that will help us expand our support in this area,” said TDR Director John Reeder. The IR Toolkit was developed by TDR, as part of its collaborative agreement under the Implementation Research Platform, which includes the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research; the Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction; the World Health Organization’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health; and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Over 200 researchers, academics, disease control programme managers, policy-makers, health administrators, communication scientists and journalists contributed to test and evaluate the toolkit. Both a participant manual and a facilitator’s workbook are available online for free downloads.

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Olumide Ogundahunsi (