Introduction to Implementation Research

March 13-14, 2017

Room 228, Said KhouryBuilding for Development Studies, ICPH, BZU

Background 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 shed 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 also 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 influencing, the implementation process or outcomes. It includes many types of studies using a wide range of approaches including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Implementation Research’s main focus is finding actionable solutions to real problems faced by health systems requiring a special attention to context since implementation issues often arise as a result of contextual factors that policy-makers and health system managers may not even have considered. In addition, 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. The emphasis on locally relevant research involving practitioners, who are  grounded within the routine functioning of the health system, enables Implementation Research to provide unique insights on why a particular intervention succeeds or not in achieving its goals in a specific setting.

Overview: The workshop spans over two days and aims at introducing participants to Implementation Research’s broad definition and importance. Highly experienced faculty from the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University in addition to Senior officer from the Alliance for Health Policy and System Research- WHO will facilitate the workshop. This workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to eventually be able to formulate Implementation Research Questions and build their research team. It will also be a perquisite for an upcoming workshop on preparing Implementation Research Protocols in the summer of 2017. For more details about the training program, please find the training agenda attached.

Target Audience This workshop targets academic researchers, and implementers- (individuals directly involved in the implementation of health programmes), programme managers, district health officers, practitioners, and front line health workers are typical examples of such individuals.

Registration Registration fees for this course are 100 USD (refundable after completing the two days). To register please use the following link:

Kindly note that Only paid registrations are considered confirmed as places are limited. Deadline for registration and payments is January 19, 2017.

For further information on the method of payment or the workshop, please contact Ms Salam Abu-Ghoush at 02 2982020 

Note: English will be the official language for the workshop