The goal of undertaking operations research (OR) on family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) services is to strengthen the ability of programs and policies to maximize access to and quality of these services. This report addresses the need for a greater understanding of how information from OR studies is utilized. The Africa OR/TA Project II undertook a study to assess the extent to which information from OR studies conducted under the Africa OR/TA Project I (1988–1993) was utilized. The study also examined the factors influencing how study results were utilized. Case studies of several OR projects were undertaken to explore both of these issues. The purpose of this report is to present recommendations to OR practitioners, donors, and users of OR of actions that will increase the likelihood that program managers will use OR findings.
Solo, Julie, Annamaria Cerulli, Robert A. Miller, Ian Askew, and Elizabeth Pearlman. 1998. "Strengthening the utilization of family planning operations research: Findings from case studies in Africa," Africa OR/TA Project II Final Report. Nairobi: Population Council.
Africa OR/TA Project II