Recruiting participants for a WHO research prioritization process

Submissions open until 10 August 2016

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WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and partners are conducting a research prioritization process on social, behavioural and community engagement interventions (SBCE) for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH).

Social, behavioural and community engagement interventions are crucial for achieving the objectives of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health (2016–2030). However, there is still much that needs to be learned about which social, behavioural and community engagement interventions will have the desired impact and how they can best be implemented. Identifying the research that is most needed will help to direct future research so that it can fill the relevant knowledge gaps. We are asking individuals to help us identify top research needs for SBCE interventions in one of the following domains: maternal, newborn or child health. The period for submission of research needs will remain open until 10 August 2016.

If you would like to participate, please contact us at and indicate your field of expertise—maternal, newborn or child, and your main activity: research or programme implementation. We will select participants according to participant recruitment criteria and quotas. If selected, we would then write to you to ask you to suggest the top 3 research needs in your area of expertise, and request generic information (organization affiliation, sex and country(ries) where you work) in a response box via email. Following the close of the period for submission, we will organize the responses received and contact you again via email to ask you to score the submitted research needs through an online survey. All names will be removed from the responses in the analysis and final report.

This research prioritization process is a collaboration between the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD), the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).