Research plays a critical role in strengthening programming and policymaking. Donors and other stakeholders are increasingly focused on ensuring that their research investments yield positive health and development outcomes. Yet, there are many challenges in ensuring study findings are used by relevant decisionmakers to inform policies and programs. Recognizing the need to invest in research uptake efforts beyond dissemination of final findings, Project SOAR utilized an active approach to facilitating research utilization (RU) to fulfil the commitment of implementation science to promote the systematic uptake of research finding into routine practice. Project SOAR assembled and implemented a systematic and proactive RU strategy to advance translation of its portfolio of HIV implementation research into evidence-informed practice. This brief synthesizes key lessons learned from implementing SOAR’s RU approach across 76 research activities in 21 countries including processes to foster local engagement, strategies to support capacity strengthening, and approaches to promote knowledge translation and evidence use.
Project SOAR. 2021. "Approaches to research utilization and capacity strengthening," Learnings from Project SOAR, Synthesis Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)