Project SOAR (Supporting Operational AIDS Research) conducts operations research (OR) with the aim of producing a large, multi-faceted body of high-quality evidence that can guide the planning and implementation of programs and policies for HIV prevention, care, and treatment. OR provides the needed evidence to make sound policy and program decisions at national, subnational, and service-delivery levels by identifying practical solutions to challenges delivering program services. Translating OR findings into action at these levels requires two-way information exchange between people who can apply research findings and researchers. Project SOAR’s premise is that this exchange will bring about eventual use of findings in relevant decisionmaking procedures through the implementation of its research utilization (RU) process. This document outlines SOAR’s RU process, drawing from work conducted by the Population Council and MEASURE Evaluation. The seven practices outlined in this document are adaptable to study needs, and together improve the likelihood that key stakeholders will promote and use study findings and recommendations to make programmatic and policy decisions.
Project SOAR. 2016. "Project SOAR's approach to research utilization." Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)