This handbook has several objectives and uses. First, it is designed to help HIV/AIDS researchers develop and write a detailed operations research proposal. An appropriate use of the handbook is as a resource in workshops or courses on research design and proposal development. Thus, the organization of the handbook follows that of a research proposal, starting with identifying, defining, and justifying a research problem, and ending with how to prepare a budget. Although the handbook is not an academic textbook on research methods, it does provide a review of many key concepts and important methods essential for conducting HIV/AIDS field research studies. These features can also help HIV/AIDS program administrators and managers as well as health policymakers understand the process of operations research and the uses of research findings to improve HIV/AIDS service delivery. Most examples were drawn from HIV/AIDS operations research studies conducted in Africa, Asia, and Latin America by the Horizons program, a global HIV/AIDS operations research program funded by USAID and implemented by the Population Council.
Fisher, Andrew A., James R. Foreit, John E. Laing, John E. Stoeckel, and John Townsend. 2002. "Designing HIV/AIDS Intervention Studies: An Operations Research Handbook." Washington, DC: Population Council.