Designing HIV/AIDS intervention studies: an operations research handbook

Designing HIV/AIDS intervention studies: an operations research handbook

Practical handbook for HIV/AIDS programmers

Handbook designed to help HIV/AIDS researchers develop and write a detailed operations research proposal. An appropriate use of the handbook is as a resource in workshops or courses on research design and proposal development.

The organization of the handbook follows that of a research proposal, starting with identifying, defining, and justifying a research problem, and ending with how to prepare a budget. The chapters in between cover a variety of topics such as research objectives, study design, data tabulation, data analysis, and dissemination and utilization of research findings.

Although the handbook is not an academic textbook on research methods, it does provide a review of many key concepts and important methods essential for conducting HIV/AIDS field research studies. These features can also help HIV/AIDS program administrators and managers as well as health policymakers understand the process of operations research and the uses of research findings to improve HIV/AIDS service delivery.[authors]