HEARD undertakes research efforts to accelerate progress towards achieving USAID’s global health and development goals. The HEARD Project focuses on evaluative and targeted research that accelerates research-to-use processes and specific research activities.
that accelerates the research-to-use process focusing on targeted questions, barriers, and bottlenecks related to high priority interventions, technologies, policies, and products that show promise or are ready for scale-up
of pilot programs as well as tools, technologies, interventions, and policies that address the main causes of maternal, child, and neonatal deaths and morbidity
The four main strategies of the Collaborative emphasize more effective stakeholder engagement and knowledge management:
This strategy leverages partners’ networks to address specific global and regional challenges as well as provides consultative and prioritization opportunities.
This strategy anticipates a wide range of research design capacities that will respond to the Health Research Program’s priorities, from conducting rigorous multi-disciplinary research to supporting methodologically straightforward evaluations and other applied research in context-specific and resource-limited settings.
This strategy responds to a Call to Action of the USAID-convened 2015 Measurement and Accountability Summit to maximize the availability, quality, and use of data and other evidence. The approach includes improving access to existing implementation research data and systematically reviewing the quality of available evidence in relevant priority areas.
This strategy focuses on identifying research-to-use pathways, processes, and products that will position evidence for more immediate adoption by implementer and policy decision-makers.
The collaborative will seek to:
- Respond to evaluation and research-to-use global health priorities by developing the study designs and partnerships required to navigate a complex effort along a strategic research-to-use pathway;
- Engage national, regional, and global-level stakeholders for the development of those priorities; and
- Strengthen and connect the institutional applied research capacities required to sustain a vigorous implementation science agenda in support of global health goals, emerging threats and new opportunities.