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.
SYNTHESIS AND TRANSLATION OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATIONS FROM POLIO ERADICATION (STRIPE)
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.
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
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
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
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.