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David Nicholas Publishes Implementation Research Article in Global Health Magazine
David Nicholas, Senior Vice President and Project Director of the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) project for University Research Co. LLC (URC), recently published an article in Global Health Magazine "Implementation Research: A Primer."
The article discusses implementation research and how it relates to global health. Research can be defined as the advancement of knowledge by the systematic collection of data and information to test hypotheses or solve problems. It can range from theoretical to experimental to applied research. Implementation research is applied research that focuses on studying and developing approaches to effectively and efficiently implement and scale up proven interventions. It is eclectic and can use many different research methods and designs. The results help decision makers and program managers to more effectively do their work.
Because of the need to design more effective programs for the expansion of services, Nicholas believes that more resources must be devoted to implementation research.
Global Health Magazine: Gaps in Research Copyright © Global Health Council
URC's TRAction project works to close the gap between the development of effective interventions and their execution at a large scale. TRAction is funded by the US Agency for International Development and managed by URC.
This five-year project awards grants on a competitive basis to research organizations to evaluate ways to effectively introduce, implement, and scale up evidence-based interventions for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH).
David Nicholas has served as Director of URC's Health Care Improvement project (HCI), the Quality Assurance and Workforce Development Project (QAP III), as well as the Primary Health Care Operations (PRICOR) Project. A board certified pediatrician, Dr. Nicholas' credentials include an MD from Yale Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and a BS from Manhattan College.
March 21, 2011