Useful Resources for Operational Research

What is operational research?

 Operational research provides decision-makers with information to enable them to improve the performance of their programs. Operational research helps to identify solutions to problems that limit program quality, efficiency and effectiveness, or to determine which alternative service delivery strategy would yield the best outcomes. In simple terms, it is described as “the science of better”.http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/operational/globalfund/en/

 Conducting research provides various opportunities for professional growth. 

Research Practice

Professional Growth

Literature Review

Becoming familiar with how to search for credible information and published research within the professional field of interest.

Formulating research questions

Allows students to clearly and concisely articulate their reasoning.

Quantitative Data Collection

Improving numeracy skills and scientific rigour.

Qualitative Data Collection

Finding balance between objectivity and subjectivity. Allowing the voices of others to be heard through their experiences.

Analysis of results and outcomes

Patience and discernment. The ability to develop an argument based on evidence.

Drawing of conclusions

Logical reasoning and to make sense of the evidence within a given context.

Writing Recommendations

The ability to be solution-focused.

Submission to Supervisors

The ability to communicate and defend ones reasoning with others. The ability to accept criticism and learn about the process of constructive feedback.

Submission to Ethics Committee

Teaches integrity, respect for others as well as to acknowledge others for their contributions.


Frameworks and guidelines for operational research / implementation research 

Useful resources for conducting research

Developing your research proposal:

Data management:


Writing up your research: