The Implementation Science Approach

The HEARD Project seeks to effectively respond to major challenges by:

  • Actively engaging communities of implementers, policy-makers, investigators, and advocates interested in identifying evidence needs and priorities relevant to current implementation gaps and challenges to improve programs and policies;
  • Developing issue-specific implementation science collaborations that bring together a diversely-skilled set of partners well-positioned to link evidence with the design and improvement of programs and policies;
  • Creating iterative processes of evaluation and improvement, linking those with specific skill sets and capacities to evaluate current work and those empowered to make necessary changes in support of health goals, emerging threats, and new opportunities; and
  • Expanding and sustaining these activities through the development of a global health Implementation Science Collaborative (ISC).
As a partnership composed of 33 diverse organizations from across Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, with opportunities to expand, the HEARD Project works through four collaborative strategies:
Partnership and Agenda Development

Partnership and agenda development includes consultative processes with a deliberate set of partners—especially evidence users—from the beginning and throughout to ensure relevance, buy-in, and demand for evidence-informed decision-making.

Data Liberation and Evidence Strengthening

Data liberation and evidence strengthening is about exploiting opportunities to make existing data more available and accessible and entails the use of available data for analysis and informed decision-making. 

Research and Evaluation Study Design and Implementation

If there is a gap in existing data, HEARD supports a range of research and evaluation activities that often explore aspects of policy and intervention implementation such as feasibility, acceptability, adaptability, effectiveness, scalability and sustainability. 

Process Development for Evidence-To-Use Acceleration

Evidence-to-use acceleration is facilitated by creating useful products (beyond publications), engaging relevant policy and program platforms, and linking to communities of practice to more effectively communicate findings and advocate for change.