2017 CUGH Conference
Satellite Events | Constructing and Governing Applied Research Partnerships in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health


Constructing and Governing Applied Research Partnerships in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
Thursday, April 6, 2017
9:00am - 1200pm
Room: Columbia 2

Washington Hilton Hotel - Dupont Circle
Washington, DC
Registration is free but required. Registration for this session is separate from registration for the 8th Annual CUGH Conference.

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USAID | TRAction Project at University Research Co., LLC, University of California, San Francisco and University of California Berkeley IGHDD, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at the City University of New York

Health policy and program decision-making at all levels is improved with accessible and relevant evidence. Consequently, better evidence for more effective decision-making is a longstanding priority within the shared global health and development agenda. Notwithstanding, applied research efforts are often constrained by three major challenges: First, the “disconnect” between research, evidence utilization, and service delivery improvement; Second, the lack of focus on the “how” of implementation, which impedes effective uptake and delivery of priority interventions across different country contexts; and Third, the need to maintain focus on the research-to-use process and its potential to develop and refine interventions and technologies that benefit poor communities at scale. In this satellite session, we will convene partners in a roundtable session featuring brief presentations and moderated discussion on the conceptual and practical considerations of three key partnership areas:

a. Including and anticipating the active engagement of a range of stakeholders that reflect the required mix of global, regional and country perspectives from implementation assistance providers, evidence advocates and applied research and evaluation specialists to maintain the focus on the essential “how” of implementation efforts for improved health outcomes;

b. Building the essential applied research capacities required at global, national and local levels to frame the most relevant health systems delivery questions and to apply the ‘best fit-for-use’ strategies required to answer them;

c. Actively integrating conceptually or operationally related research efforts, helping to update and harmonize research approaches among partners to overcome the discontinuity which delays the creation and sharing of evidence.

A range of partners, representing various stakeholder groups and poised to contribute to applied research and research-to-use efforts, will come out of this discussion with a shared perspective on comparative institutional strengths, opportunities to engage in partnership activities, leveraging partnerships to augment research and advocacy efforts, and the value partnership can bring to efforts to achieve individual institutional objectives and to our collective goals in improving MNCH.