Translating Research into Action (TRAction) is a joint project of icddr,b and Johns Hopkins University for carrying out implementation research to test effective strategies to expand and improve maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Reproductive Health/Family Planning and Tuberculosis services in Bangladesh. The project start and completion dates are February 2011 and September 2014 respectively. The project is funded by USAID through URC.
icddr,b assumes the prime role on the project, and will engage appropriate partners around specific implementation research, capacity building and research to policy activities that are identified through a consultative process. The prime beneficiary of these activities is the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), with a special focus on engaging mid-level personnel from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in research priority setting, implementation research training, and in advocating for evidence-based policy and programme recommendations in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, reproductive health and family planning and tuberculosis services.
With five years remaining to achieve the health-related MDGs and with a new health sector strategy in preparation, there is an unprecedented opportunity in Bangladesh to accelerate health improvements and health sector performance through well-designed, innovative and targeted approaches to implementation research. With an explicit focus on women and households living in communities with the greatest health and social needs, this research collaboration aims to bring the power of knowledge to bear more directly in informing the equitable and sustainable provision of high quality services for nutrition, population, tuberculosis and maternal, newborn, and child health in Bangladesh.
The project aims to engage the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and other key stakeholders—various ministries, USAID, UNICEF, WHO, NGOs, other development partners, private sector and other organizations and researchers in a dialogue around the priority needs and implications of implementation research in these areas of focus. In line with this, the project will work towards ‘Bridging the Know-Do Gaps in Bangladesh’, and, seek, through implementation research, to amplify the impact and scale of proven interventions, explore new promising health innovations, and strengthen health system capacity so that challenges in service delivery can be overcome and health improvements accelerated.
icddr,b will engage and collaborate with appropriate partners around specific implementation research concepts and ideas, capacity building strategies, and research to policy activities that are identified through a consultative process.