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CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR SCIENCE OF IMPLEMENTATION AND SCALE-UP (COE-SISU)

Established in 2016, the main objective of the CoE-SISU is to timely generate and embed knowledge related to healthcare practice. The Centre aims to bridge gaps to allow successful scaling up and implementation of interventions by focusing on testing different methodologies, generating evidence-based interventions and innovations, and translating them into standard protocols for policy-makers in Bangladesh. Research conducted at the Centre reviews potential evidence of successful interventions that can showcase the application of science of implementation for scaling-up. Guidelines and policy briefs are produced for policymakers on implementation of various health programmes and scale-up in Bangladesh. Advocacy efforts include the development of communication materials to showcase successfully implemented or scaled up programmes. Training and short courses are offered under the Centre on implementation research and, monitoring and evaluation to build capacity of development professionals, implementers, researchers and government officials.

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The Centre is led by

Dr Malabika Sarker

Director (CoE-SISU)

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For any inquiries:

Dr Mrittika Barua

Assistant Professor

mrittika@bracu.ac.bd

Project Highlights

SYNTHESIS AND TRANSLATION OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATIONS FROM POLIO ERADICATION (STRIPE) Up icon image

PI: Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean and Director, CoE-SISU, BRAC JPGSPH.
Co-PI: Dr Yameen Mazumder, Senior Project Consultant, BRAC JPGSPH.
Focal: Humayra Binte Anwar, Lecturer, BRAC JPGSPH.


Objective: A mixed method study for mapping knowledge content from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and Packaging GPEI knowledge assets for a global health course and training materials on implementation science. The study substantially will disseminate GPEI-IS knowledge products, courses, IS clinics to different targeted audiences and will track impact of GPEI-IS knowledge product over time.


Timeline: April 2018 - December 2022


Donor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Partner: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH ON BIRTH AND DEATH REGISTRATION PROCESS IN BANGLADESH WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE KALIGANJ MODEL. Down icon image

PI: Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean and Director, CoE-SISU, BRAC JPGSPH.
Co-PI: Dr Yameen Mazumder, Senior Project Consultant, BRAC JPGSPH.
Focal: Saima Mehjabeen, Senior Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH.


Objective: An implementation study to explore pressing implementation drivers and barriers of the birth and death registration system in Bangladesh and identify potential solutions to overcome the barriers, especially focusing on the Kaliganj model, to ensure universal birth and death registration within 45 days of the event.


Timeline: May 2019 - October 2019


Donor and Partner: UNICEF Bangladesh.

THE ETHICS OF HEALTH POLICY EXPERIMENTS: A GLOBAL FRAMEWORK FOR DESIGN AND OVERSIGHT Down icon image

PI: Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean, and Director, CoE-SISU, BRAC JPGSPH.
Co-PI: Dr Atonu Rabbani, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Associate Scientst, BRAC JPGSPH.
Focal: Dr Mri࣌ka Barua, Assistant Scientst, BRAC JPGSPH.


Objective: The project was to test and refine ‘Deliberative Interviews,’ a cognitive qualitative interview technique based on deliberation to determine its applicability in designing a framework that examines ethical aspects of health policy experiments. The project assessed if deliberative interviews are socially and culturally acceptable in the four study countries and identify if a higher knowledge level on health issues can be reached by using the deliberative interview style, which takes into account major, widely-known aspects of a particular health theme and had both interviewer and interviewee engage actively in the interview.


Timeline: October 2017 - December 2020


Donor: Wellcome Trust, UK and University of Heidelberg, Germany.


Partners: University of Heidelberg, Germany; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; School of Public Health and Social Sciences, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania.

MILLION COOL ROOFS CHALLENGE Down icon image

PI: Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean, and Director, CoE-SISU, BRAC JPGSPH.
Co-PI: Dr Atonu Rabbani, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Associate Scientst, BRAC JPGSPH.
Focal: Md. Shihab Ad Din, Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH; Muhammed Nazmul Islam, Senior Research Fellow, BRAC JPGSPH.


In this project we implement and test a cool roof technology aiming to provide thermal comfort for the low-income communities of Bangladesh. We applied a specific white coating with higher reflectance and emittance on the heat-gaining roof surfaces. The intervention is expected to transmit less heat inside the structure underneath. We targeted to paint a total roof area of 120,540 square feet of which about 74,108 square feet was painted within the project period (September 2019-July 2021). We could not finish the activities due to the lockdown. However, we are committed to paint the rest by September, 2021. We are currently painting the control roofs in Karail and an RMG factory in Rajendrapur. On 2nd of August 2021, we submitted the final report of this project (mentioning that the remaining activities will be completed in September).

YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES’ LIVED EXPERIENCES, ASPIRATIONS, AND CURRENT ENGAGEMENTS IN LIVELIHOODS IN BANGLADESH, AND HOW THEY CAN SHARE THEM WITH LOCAL DECISION-MAKERS Down icon image

PI: Professor Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean and Director, CoE-SISU, BRAC JPGSPH
International PI: Dr Margo Greenwood
Focal/Coordinator: Sayema Akter, Research Fellow, BRAC JPGSPH; Mrittika Barua, Assistant Professor, BRAC JPGSPH

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, in collaboration with Sightsavers, had organised the inception meeting of the new Youth with Disability Project on 31 September 2021. This inception meeting was followed by a 3-day-long training programme from 1st to 3rd of September; all of which was held in Hotel Lake Castle, Gulshan 2.


The title of this research project is Youth with disabilities’ lived experiences, aspirations, and current engagements in livelihoods in Bangladesh, and how they can share them with local decision-makers. The study aims to understand the experiences, aspirations, and challenges of youths with disabilities in their livelihood in Bangladesh and to explore the inclusion of young people with disabilities into policy dialogues around the implementation of SDG8: Decent work and economic growth.


This study will take the Community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to collect data.


In the inception meeting, there were important figures present such as Prof. Dr Md. Golam Rabbani, Chairperson of Neuro-Developmental Disability Protection Trustee Board Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Mr. Monsur Ahmed Chouwdhuri, Trustee, Impact Foundation who are actively involved in promoting the rights of people with disabilities. The event was chaired by Dr Malabika Sarker, Associate Dean of BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.


This unique project trained young people with disabilities as peer researchers who will now collect data and will also be involved in the data analysis process.

Clinical Impact and Economic Features of a Community Health Worker-Led Low-Sodium Salt Intervention to Reduce Blood Pressure at the Population Level in Rural Bangladesh: A Cluster-Randomized Trial Down icon image

Local PI: Dr. Malabika Sarkerbr
CO PI: Pascal Geldsetzer
[Assistant Professor of Medicine, Primary Care and Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine]
Focal: Animesh Talukdar
Timeline: October 2021- June 2022
Between October and December 2021, the research team Prepared the study protocol; Developed the study budget; Selected the study site; Developed the study tools and submitted those for IRB approval; On course for signing an agreement with the donor and procurement of a low-sodium salt substitute (i.e., the intervention material)

IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH IN HEALTH CAMPAIGN EFFECTIVENESS: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY IN IMMUNIZATION RELATED CAMPAIGN INTEGRATION IN BANGLADESH Down icon image

PI: Saima Mehjabeen, Senior Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH
Co-PI: Humayra Binte Anwar, Research Associate, BRAC JPGSPH
Focal: Saima Mehjabeen, Humayra Binte Anwar
Timeline: 1 June 2021 to 31 July 2022
Objective: This retrospective study will help us to gain a deeper understanding about the context and factors in integration of health campaigns, facilitating factors and challenges during implementation, and the overall impact on the success of the program outcome. Besides, it will help us to formulate recommendations and suggestions regarding integrating health campaign for future program. These insights will assist in creating a set of design principles and considerations that will reflect the need of conducting health campaign integration in current country context and guide our national policy makers to review national policies to build on solutions for emerging issues in the field of infectious disease by aligning with Immunization Agenda 2030 by World Health Organization.
Methodology: Mixed-method

Updates from January-March 2022


As apart of the research project, A survey was conducted among the implementers in Dhaka ,Chattogram, Sylhet and Rajshahi city Corporations and in Feni, Sunamganj and Naogaon District.We reached government and donor -partner representatives who were involved in the field, managerial and policy level to know about the integrated campaigns held in Bangladesh.This survey started from the 2nd week of February and ended in1st week of March.
In 17 th February,2022,PI and Co-PI of this project ,had a discussion meeting with the team Health Campaign Effectiveness (HCE) Coalition to get feedback on: the use and usefulness of communication products that are being produced to promote promising practices in collaborative campaign planning; product formats that communicate your findings and are useful to your target users; and what the Coalition can begin to learn from study that is emerging.
A Stakeholder workshop was held on 18th January,2022 at Lakeshore hotel , Gulshan. Current and Former Government officials of relevant fields like EPI, IPHN, DGHS, DGFP, IMCI took part in this workshop. Also representatives from UNICEF, Icddr,b, BRAC, Noora Health, BRCS participated in this workshop. The participants provided their valuable insights on this workshop regarding the context, facilitating factors, challenges and recommendations.