Strengthening capacity for implementation research
|Call for letters of intent for decision-maker led implementation research grants in South Africa|
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|Click here for the template for the letters of intent|
The Centre for Evidence-based Health Care is implementing a programme to strengthen capacity for implementation research in South Africa; funded by the Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research (AHPSR) in collaboration with the Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and the Special Programme for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases (TDR).
Through this initiative, the development of and demand for locally generated research that is problem-focused and action-oriented will be supported. This initiative will develop the capacity of implementers to identify implementation barriers and opportunities that can be addressed through research. It will also facilitate partnerships between implementers and researchers who share the goal of engendering iterative improvements in programme implementation. In this way, this project will foster demand for implementation research that is aligned with programme needs and is of particular relevance to South Africa.
What is implementation research?
Despite abundant evidence on the efficacy of affordable, life-saving interventions, there is little understanding of how to deliver these interventions effectively in diverse settings and within the wide range of existing health systems. Research is needed to shine light on the often bumpy interface between what can be achieved in theory and what actually happens in practice.
Implementation Research aims to do this, by understanding not only what is and isn’t working, but how and why implementation is going right or wrong, and testing approaches to improve it.
Implementation Research is a broad field that can address any aspect of implementation, including factors that influence implementation, the implementation process or implementation outcomes.
Implementation Research involves a variety of stakeholders at each stage of the research process, including program managers, front line health workers and decision-makers who are at many times the source of the most important and pertinent questions.
For more information on Implementation Research, please refer to: Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide
Call for decision-maker led implementation research grants
We have launched a call to solicit letters of intent for research that seeks to enable the effective implementation of health programmes in South Africa, according to the time line below. The deadline for letters of intent submission is 15 august 2016.
Letters of intent will be judged on the potential of the research to make a difference in the delivery of health programmes. Other criteria that will be taken into account include value for money, institutional capacity, as well as ensuring diversity in terms of issues addressed by the research.
Research funded under this call is expected to focus on the generation of new strategies and knowledge that will enable more effective implementation of existing programmes within health systems. Proposals to develop and test new interventions will not be funded under this call.
Time line for the call
|Deadline for letter of intent submission||15 Aug 2016|
|Notification of invitation for full proposal submission||30 Aug 2016|
|Deadline for full proposal submission||30 Sep 2016|
|Notification of funding decision||30 Oct 2016|
Who should apply? Implementers of health programs in South Africa are the main target audience for this call. The practical orientation of the field of implementation research, and the kinds of questions it asks, makes it necessary for implementers to have a central role in the conceptualization, design and analysis of Implementation Research projects. While researchers are needed to provide their skills in research methods for the conduct of high quality studies, most often, it is the person working in the field, as opposed to the academic who asks the most important questions related to implementation.
To ensure that these questions are heard and the research undertaken is directed to answer them as opposed to topics that are of interest mainly to academic researchers, this call requires the Principal Investigator to be an implementer.
What funding is available? Grants for research studies of 9-12 months will be funded up to a maximum amount of 140,000.00 South African Rand, depending on the scope and focus of the study as well as the study setting. Additional funding from other sources should be sought if the budget is anticipated to exceed this amount.
Through this call it is aimed to enhance knowledge creation to inform better implementation of existent programmes; and strengthen the capacity of decision-makers (implementers) to use research as a means of addressing implementation problems that they face in the field. In line with these aims, selected teams will be provided active training by expert facilitators organized by the CEBHC to further develop and refine the research questions and research methods.
Enquiries about this initiative should be addressed to Ms Esther Rodrigues: firstname.lastname@example.org