Principles of Implementation Research

Principles of Implementation Research (PIR) is a short course designed to provide fundamentals of Implementation Research.This course is structured into 4-5 modules and it covers concepts in IR, methods, ethics, stakeholder engagement processes, and dissemination. Additionally, there is a field trip  component to programme intervention sites and this is aimed at providing opportunity for participants to acquire contextual, hands on and real life skills and competencies. Instructional strategies used in this course are based on adult learning principles.  A variety of teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, case studies, exercises, and group work are used to accommodate different learning styles. 


To build capacity to enhance conceptualization, design and successful execution of the Implementation Research (IR) studies, particularly among health researchers within LMICs.


It is expected that at the end of the course, participants would be able to: 

  • Apply Implementation Research concepts to real life Public Health Practice.
  • Solve implementation problems by using common Implementation Research study designs 
  • Recognize key ethical issues in the design, conduct and post-research phases of the Implementation Research cycle.
  • Plan stakeholder engagement processes for the execution of Implementation Research studies
  • Design dissemination and scale-up strategies for sharing Implementation Research findings 


At the end of the course, participants would have acquired the following implementation research competencies:

  • Conceptualize Implementation Research studies by applying key IR principles
  • Design IR studies using methods relevant for the identified implementation gap or problem. 
  • Apply ethical principles at all phases of an Implementation Research cycle. 
  • Select appropriate stakeholder engagement, dissemination and scale-up strategies



Public Health Practitioners, Researchers, Policy Makers, and Postgraduate Students
3-4 days