Preparing for implementation research
Developing IR objectives and questions
Data management and analysis
Planning and conducting IR
Digital technologies have significant potential to advance progress towards End TB targets
and are increasingly used as a tool for TB programmes in low and middle-income countries. Digital technologies are being applied in varied and innovative ways to help overcome some of the key challenges and barriers that limit efforts for prevention, detection, treatment and management of TB, such as digital tools to promote treatment adherence, support learning and knowledge dissemination, and improve the quality, accessibility, and sharing of TB programme data.
The Implementation Research for Digital Technologies and TB toolkit (IR4DTB) has been designed for TB programme implementers (middle and senior-level managers) and other decision makers who are interested in trialling, or currently implementing, digital technology tools and are seeking guidance on how to conduct IR to evaluate the implementation and scale up of digital technologies within TB programmes. The toolkit is organised into six modules that reflect key steps in the IR process and guides users through conceptualising, budgeting, and preparing for an IR study. The activities and examples contained within this toolkit have been designed to facilitate the development of a comprehensive IR proposal that can be used to support fundraising efforts for future research.