Framework for Operations and Implementation Research in Health and Disease Control Programs

Operations research can be defined as any research, regardless of type, that produces knowledge with a practical application which can improve program implementation. The Global Fund encourages the inclusion of operational research in the HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria control programs it supports with a view also to tackling obstacles to scale-up.

A framework document has been developed to assist program implementers, policymakers, researchers and others to identify the steps needed to formulate research questions, conduct operational research and, ultimately, use the findings to improve health programs. The purpose of the document is twofold: i) to standardize the practice of operational research across the international health community, and ii) to integrate operational research into health and disease control programs.

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