This report evaluates the effectiveness of a two-year training program at the Cairo Demographic Center to increase the number of researchers using operations research (OR), and to help institutionalize the ability of the Center to offer training in operations research in reproductive health. It also provides feedback for OR curriculum development. The project trained researchers with program and policymaking responsibilities and provided participants with the experience of designing an OR project, and built participants’ skills in communicating research results to managers. Participant evaluations showed that, overall, the course met its objectives. The training that the students received in OR has mainly been incorporated into their own teaching activities, but a substantial number of students have also designed and worked on OR projects, and submitted OR proposals to donors for funding. A major problem in increasing course graduate involvement in OR is that many do not work in institutions or settings (census bureaus, police crime statistics units) that are conducive to operations research activities.
Ibrahim, Magdi A., James R. Foreit, and M.E. Khan. 2001. "Operations research in reproductive health and family planning at the Cairo Demographic Center," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Frontiers in Reproductive Health