The Evidence Project, in collaboration with the Evidence to Action Project, the Health Policy Project, and MEASURE Evaluation convened a meeting to discuss research gaps related to scale-up. The meeting was held at the request of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (OPRH) to help guide their research strategy. The meeting had four objectives: discuss scale-up experiences and the role of research and monitoring for strengthening program performance at scale; identify research gaps related to scale-up; prioritize the scale-up research gaps for OPRH; identify next steps for addressing these priority research gaps. This meeting generated a rich discussion about the need to better document the scale-up process, particularly the vertical (institutionalization) aspect of scale-up. Key questions revolved around determining capacity building for scale, identifying and disseminating the facilitating factors, working with key health-system elements as defined by WHO, shortening the scale-up timeframe, and balancing sustainability with equity. The results of this meeting will be used to inform the OPRH Research Strategy and the work of implementing partners.
Evidence Project, E2A, HPP, and MEASURE Evaluation. 2014. "Research gaps in scale up of family planning and reproductive health programming," Meeting report. Washington, DC: Population Council, Evidence Project.
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