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Going beyond research: a key issues paper raising discussion points related to dissemination, utilisation and impact of reproductive and sexual health research

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University of Southampton
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  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Ra0421 Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
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  • Communication
  • Medicine

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Microsoft Word - keyissues.doc 1 GOING BEYOND RESEARCH A key issues paper raising discussion points related to dissemination, utilisation and impact of reproductive and sexual health research Drawn from a two-day meeting of researchers and policymakers www.socstats.soton.ac.uk/choices/workshop ___________________________________________________________________________ Ian Askew (FRONTIERS), Zoë Matthews (Opportunities and Choices) and Rachel Partridge (Safe Passages) Background Demographic and behavioural research into the determinants of fertility, reproductive health, and more recently sexual behaviour, as well as clinical trials research for testing new medical and behavioural interventions to improve reproductive health, have long been supported by international donors such as DfID, USAID and WHO. Another area of research, known as applied, operations or health-services research, which focuses on generating information to improve reproductive health policies and programmes, is becoming an increasingly important element in health and population research. This paper highlights the key issues arising from a meeting that reviewed how this more service-focussed type of research is being implemented, with a particular concentration on the utilisation, communication and evaluation of such research. The goal of the meeting was to provide a forum for exchanging experiences relevant to these issues so that researchers, as well as those involved in policymaking and in funding research, can gain a better understanding of key issues. In addition, the meeting also provided the opportunity for those directly involved with such research programmes to consider strategies for strengthening the communication, utilisation and evaluation of their own research programmes, as well as for increasing communication and collaboration between research programmes. The UK Department for International Development (DfID) has suppo

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