Health Research Program
Project Summary:

The Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project works through partnerships to undertake implementation science and evaluation activities to accelerate progress towards achieving USAID’s global health and development goals. HEARD focuses on evaluative and targeted research that accelerates research-to-use processes and specific research activities.

The four main strategies of the Collaborative emphasize more effective stakeholder engagement and knowledge management:

Partnership and agenda development

This strategy leverages partners’ networks to address specific global and regional challenges as well as provides consultative and prioritization opportunities.

Research and evaluation study design and implementation

This strategy anticipates a wide range of research design capacities that will respond to the Health Research Program’s priorities, from conducting rigorous multi-disciplinary research to supporting methodologically straightforward evaluations and other applied research in context-specific and resource-limited settings.

Data liberation and evidence strengthening

This strategy responds to a Call to Action of the USAID-convened 2015 Measurement and Accountability Summit to maximize the availability, quality, and use of data and other evidence. The approach includes improving access to existing implementation research data and systematically reviewing the quality of available evidence in relevant priority areas.

Acceleration of evidence-to-use processes

This strategy focuses on identifying research-to-use pathways, processes, and products that will position evidence for more immediate adoption by implementer and policy decision-makers.

The collaborative will seek to:


  • Respond to evaluation and research-to-use global health priorities by developing the study designs and partnerships required to navigate a complex effort along a strategic research-to-use pathway;
  • Engage national, regional, and global-level stakeholders for the development of those priorities; and
  • Strengthen and connect the institutional applied research capacities required to sustain a vigorous implementation science agenda in support of global health goals, emerging threats and new opportunities.


Photo credit: USAID
Photo credit: USAID

The HEARD Project is lead by Jim Sherry, Project Director. For more information about HEARD, please contact the project administration team at To learn more about how HEARD can support USAID Washington/Missions, please contact Neal Brandes at

Visit the HEARD Project website to learn more.