Satellite Session | HALF DAY Workshop

Creating Incentives for Greater University Engagement
​in Global Health Implementation Science


Thursday March 15, 2018
1:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Lincoln

New York Hilton Hotel - Midtown
New York, NY

  • Registration is free but required.
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.

  • USAID Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project at University Research Co., LLC

Implementation Science (IS) depends on partnerships that include research, implementation, and policy stakeholders. The HEARD Project engages university partners to provide technical and methodological guidance as integral parts of multi-stakeholder research teams. Fully leveraging university partners, however, requires working closely with academic institutions to understand and re-shape incentive structures that present challenges to university participation in IS partnerships. While academic environments excel at nurturing scientific rigor, academic promotion and tenure policies incentivize publications rather than demonstrated uptake of research findings to improve health policies and programs. In this context, it can be difficult for university-based researchers to prioritize sharing of real-time data and rapid evidence synthesis with decision-makers.
In this session, we will convene IS stakeholders for a session featuring brief presentations and a moderated discussion on the conceptual and practical considerations of challenges to university participation in IS partnerships as well as opportunities to overcome those challenges.

The session will seek to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Convene a critical discussion among university and non-university stakeholders in global health on incentive structures that pose challenges to full engagement of universities in implementation science partnerships. 

  • Share examples of how teaching and research incentives have been aligned with the demands of implementation science to successfully leverage the methodological and technical strength universities bring to implementation science partnerships. 

  • Detail a specific implementation science partnership through which university partners have supported capacity-building among policymakers and students in rapid evidence review methods , including how best to translate rapid review findings into policy and practice.