Through its evaluation processes and findings, the project is expected to impact on several main actors or levels: the scientific community working on complex health care evaluations, the global health and safe motherhood community, the women and their families in Africa and other poor settings, and finally the national stakeholders at policy and health service levels.
This project gives the highest priority to getting research into policy and practice (GRIPP). It was designed on the basis of the hypothesis that national policy-makers, international agencies and health managers will use the results of a well-designed and implemented multi-disciplinary study in formulating policy and improving local practices provided (1) it addresses a high-priority problem; (2) they are involved in all phases of the project; (iii) they perceive researchers as experts contributing to the development of appropriate knowledge for current policies; and (4) the findings reach all relevant stakeholders. We are confident on the high priority of our work area (point 1). We will engage with actors at national, regional and international levels in order to maximise the chances of meeting the conditions for points (2) and (4). The quality of work and engagement with local policy priorities will aim to ensure that (3) is also met.