Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence (CIRCLE)
CIRCLE provides technical, logistical, and administrative support to the USAID Health Research Program. The goal of the project is to coordinate and support research-to-use activities to improve health outcomes and increase survival of newborns, children, and women.
As the first award under USAID’s second generation Health Research Program, CIRCLE coordinates activities to help translate research findings into effective health interventions that can be implemented and adopted globally for greater health impact. Research-to-use is an iterative process in which stakeholder engagement informs applied research and the introduction of new or refined approaches and interventions, leading to sustained scale at the country level and collaborative learning at the global level.
CIRCLE supports the Health Research Program to advance research-to-use through: stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, expert mobilization and consultation, knowledge management, implementation research, and research translation. CIRCLE may also support USAID Missions and other health offices in any of these areas.
CIRCLE is led by Social Solutions International, Inc., a woman and minority-owned small business, dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. Social Solutions specializes in providing high quality research, evaluation, and technical assistance on global health and development. Social Solutions is supported by a partner Forum One, a full-service digital agency, providing expertise in technology, design, communications, and knowledge management.
Engaging stakeholders including subject matter experts, researchers, implementers, and policy makers through meetings and consultations to support research-to-use.
Creating and managing websites, communities of practice and supporting dissemination of research and information to foster collaborative learning.
Documenting research processes and disseminating findings for various audiences through reports and technical briefs. Translating research findings to inform policy and implementation. Promoting and supporting advocacy with policy makers, implementers, and other stakeholders.
Conducting or commissioning implementation research and evaluation activities related to the implementation and scale up of health interventions.
We are pleased to announce USAID’s CIRCLE Project officially launched a new Developmental Evaluation (DE) project in Tanzania. In coordination with USAID Tanzania, implementing partners, and the Government of Tanzania, the CIRCLE Project will conduct a DE to support USAID’s Boresha Afya Project. The Boresha Afya Project supports the implementation of integrated primary healthcare platforms in three zones: Lake/Western Zone, North/Central Zone, and Southern Zone. This is a large-scale, highly dynamic program, but evidence on implementation and effectiveness of integrated health platforms is limited. DE is well-suited to meet this gap by utilizing an iterative, adaptive management and learning focused approach to program evaluation. The DE will utilize embedded evaluators to facilitate collaborative study and review of specific outcomes that occur during program implementation with Boresha Afya’s implementing partners. Ultimately, this will support the implementing partners and the Government of Tanzania in learning, adaptive management, and innovation of the Boresha Afya Project in the improvement of health service quality, utilization, and efficiency.
This project is led by Dr. Beati Mboya as Principal Investigator. Dr. Mboya brings extensive experience in public health, project management, and monitoring and evaluation in maternal, child, and newborn health and HIV/AIDS. Trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Mboya has received additional professional certifications in public health and business administration, and has led country-wide public health projects in Tanzania for USAID and international NGOs.
Stayed tuned for updates and additional details on this exciting project.