URC awarded Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project by USAID

URC is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project by USAID, with funding from the Health Research Program 2.0.

The HEARD Project is comprised of world-renowned institutions that will work together as an Implementation Science Collaborative to advance the achievement of USAID global health and development goals, including those defined by the Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Death (EPCMD), AIDS-Free Generation (AFG), and Protecting Communities from Infectious Diseases Initiatives, including the Global Health Security Agenda. The HEARD Project will focus on evaluative and targeted research that accelerates the research-to-use processes in low- and middle-income countries and anticipates carrying out two types of research activities:

  1. Multidisciplinary applied and implementation research and related activities that accelerate 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
  2. Evaluative research and post-marketing surveillance of pilot programs and at-scale tools, technologies, interventions and policies around the main causes of maternal, child and neonatal deaths and morbidity

The Implementation Science Collaborative brings a breadth of global health topical and methodological capacity combined with deep evidence-to-policy expertise. URC’s partners include three US-based academic institutions serving as Global Technical Anchors responsible for providing research design capacity; and five Sub-Regional Anchor Partners responsible for supporting agenda development, evidence generation and research translation efforts. The Collaborative’s Technical Resource Partners: “Implementation Assistance Providers” and “Evaluation and Research Institutions” will provide the correct strategic mix of experience required to investigate the ‘how’ of implementation across different country contexts; and “Evidence Advocates” will bring standing relationships with senior policy makers, advocates and opinion leaders in the EPCMD priorities countries required to facilitate the research-to-use process.

“We are thrilled to be chosen by USAID to lead this important effort,” said Jay Wechsler, President of URC. “URC has worked for over 50 years to improve health systems around the world and implementation science is a core tenet of our work. The HEARD Project is a tremendous opportunity for us to build on the success of our Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project to understand what works, and why, and most importantly, how to improve practice, so that we can better reach people with the services they need.”

Dr. Jim Sherry, a leading global health expert with over 25 years of experience in research-to-use efforts in global health, will lead the project. Dr. Sherry currently serves as Director of the TRAction Project at URC, as well as Professor of Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health at the City University of New York (CUNY).


Visit the project website to learn more


April 10, 2017
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