Workshop to strengthen capacity for noncommunicable disease implementation research in the WHO European Region

12–15 February 2019, Moscow, Russian Federation

Participants of the workshop will discuss the necessity for research into the effects of implementing policies (implementation research) which reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The meeting will include representatives of 14 countries, including representatives of the Russian Federation Ministry of Health, responsible for control and prevention of NCDs; policy researchers; staff of national research councils; and WHO experts.

As the implementation of evidence-based policies, such as the Best Buys for NCDs, remains low, a study of the barriers and their causes is called for to understand how to effectively address this.

Implementation research asks how interventions work in “real world” settings with the aim of developing approaches to improve their effectiveness. It considers the factors, processes and results of implementation and includes approaches to scale up and support sustainability, so policies can have wide reaching and enduring effects.

This workshop will initiate a discussion among stakeholders on ways to strengthen implementation research, using practical examples from participating countries. The range of topics considered in this workshop will include NCD prevention and control, and promoting health through the life-course.

Aims of the workshop

The workshop aims to:

  • create a network of researchers working in implementation research for NCDs to identify how WHO/Europe could contribute to strengthen ongoing activities;
  • develop an implementation research proposal for each participating Member State to address the challenges currently faced by the country, for the identified NCD policies;
  • develop and pilot a set of training materials on NCD implementation research for WHO/Europe to build the capacity of national level stakeholders.