The Implementation Science Collaborative (ISC) is the output of USAID’s Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) project. The ISC champions and facilitates the use of data to improve health interventions, practices, programs, and policies in low and middle-income countries.
Partners in the ISC are committed to strategically involving diverse implementers, advocates, policy makers, researchers and donors, driving sustainable change to protect and empower some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. ISC partner activities have catalyzed action by:
- Informing ministerial resolutions regarding urban health and respectful maternal care in East Africa
- Pioneering mentorship models for post-partum hemorrhage care
- Guiding future US Government investments through country-based evaluation findings in Guinea and Jordan
- Modifying essential drug list in Madagascar through partner-engaged research
- Influencing the uptake of respectful maternal care in East Africa through evidence-based advocacy
How We Use Implementation Science to Affect Change
- The first step in achieving more effective policies and programs is to consult with local and regional partners. Teams consider country relevance, required buy-in, and the demand by county, regional, and/or national governments/agencies for evidence-informed decision-making.
- After a strategy is in place and partnerships are secured, ISC ensures any available research or data is made more accessible, or “liberated,” so that influencers and policymakers can see evidence of what is needed and what works.
- If a data gap exists or key questions need to be answered, ISC supports research and evaluation to explore acceptability, adaptability, effectiveness, scalability and sustainability of proposed policy and interventions.
- All evidence is then curated to create advocacy tools, engage relevant agencies and civic groups, and inform communities.
With a process for liberating, strengthening, and sharing data, we can together ignite real change.
Stakeholders need a neutral space to collaborate. ISC partners work in concert to accelerate the development or scale-up of interventions by: