Health Research Program
Project Summary:

The Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) project brings the implementation and technical capacity of a strategic set of global partnerships together to generate, synthesize, and use evidence to improve the implementation of policies and programs related to USAID priority areas, which is crucial for improving health and development in low and middle-income countries.

As a partnership composed of more than 35 diverse organizations from across Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, with opportunities to expand, the HEARD Project works through four collaborative strategies:

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 HEARD Project seeks 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.