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

Through consultative processes, local leadership and deliberate sets of partners are engaged from the beginning– and throughout. This allows for the identification of more relevant priorities and useful evidence and the process fosters demand for evidence-informed decision-making.

Data Liberation and Evidence Strengthening

Data liberation and evidence strengthening is about taking advantage of opportunities to make data more available and accessible, and strengthening analysis of data that already exists but may not be fully leveraged for decision-making.

Research and Evaluation Study Design and Implementation

If there is a gap in existing data, we support new research studies and evaluations–and often explore aspects of policy and intervention implementation such as feasibility, acceptability, adaptability, effectiveness, scalability and sustainability.

Process Development for Evidence-To-Use Acceleration

The four strategies above (orange boxes) combined with appropriate stakeholder engagement will set us up for more potential to accelerate evidence use. Evidence-to-use acceleration is also facilitated by creating useful products (beyond publications), engaging useful platforms, and linking to communities of practice to more effectively package and share findings. Eventually this will inform new sets of better questions that feed back into the process, which will hopefully influence prevention of death and disability.