Strengthening Capacity for Implementation Research (SCAPIR) is a programme designed to build Implementation Research capacity within health programmes and systems to facilitate improvements in population health. The development of the programme was realised through a collaborative effort between the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), the Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). SCAPIR seeks to strengthen the capacity of implementers and researchers to engage in implementation research that is embedded within programmes and systems as well as improve programme implementation and scale-up.

SCAPIR makes periodic announcements for workshops in Implementation Research (IR) for interested teams or individuals from identifiable institutions. Selected applicants who successfully complete the course in IR, develop a research proposal to be submitted for ethical clearance. Proposals that obtain ethical clearance are awarded some amount of money to conduct the research for up to 12 months.

Currently, fives researches are being implemented by teams of researchers in the Eastern, Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo and Upper East Regions.

  •                 Maternal and Neonatal Death Audit recommendations
  •                 Psychosocial Support for Adolescent with HIV/AIDS
  •                 Modified Contact Tracing to improve adherence to SP-IPTp programme ANC
  •                 Complete PNC Package for Newborns
  •                 Malaria RDTs for test-based management of malaria