Implementation research (IR) can make a significant contribution to the improvement of disease control intervention delivery. There is Implementation research (IR) is important for developing strategies or solutions to overcome barriers that prevent established and innovative public health interventions from reaching those who need them.This ensures that these interventions are implemented in a way that achieves the desired outcomes. Implementation research (IR) is important for developing strategies or solutions to overcome barriers that prevent established and innovative public health interventions from reaching those who need them. This ensures that these interventions are implemented in a way that achieves the desired outcomes. The adoption of drugs, diagnostics, or preventive measures that enhance health for people at risk of malaria, tuberculosis, NTDs, or other infectious diseases is one example of such solutions. IR can help to ensure that health solutions reach people who need help them and are used in ways that generate intended results.
The WHO/TDR created a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Implementation Research. The MOOC is taught through case studies presented by public health researchers, practitioners, and academics with extensive expertise. Its goal is to reach out to a large number of people in order to help them better understand and apply IR.
The MOOC is a six-week online video training that covers five modules, including (1) identifying the challenges of various health settings, (2) assessing the appropriateness of existing disease control strategies, (3) developing new interventions and strategies by working with communities and stakeholders, (4) specifying implementation research questions, and (5) designing rigorous research projects, including identifying
The MOOC has four milestones that must be completed in order to receive a certificate: (1) complete homework after each session, (2) pass four tests (one for each of the first four modules), and (3) complete a capstone project at the end of the fifth module. The coursework is graded by MOOC mentors; the capstone project is graded by both mentors and MOOC peer trainees; and the quizzes are graded by computer software.