Year in review: R&E Search for Evidence 2022

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The R&E Search for Evidence editorial team collaborated with 31 FHI 360 researchers and experts to produce 24 blog posts.
In 2022, the R&E Search for Evidence editorial team collaborated with 31 FHI 360 researchers and experts to produce 24 blog posts about research, evidence, and evaluation. Readers took advantage of the insights our posts offered about a wide range of topics in the development sector.

In the paragraphs below, we highlight some of the most popular posts published in 2022.

Top five posts

During 2022, our five most read posts highlight the breadth of FHI 360’s research and evaluation capabilities in the fields of education, HIV, reproductive health, and localization.

In the top post, FHI 360’s Rafael Contreras Gomez draws on the experience of implementing the remedial education component of USAID’s Passerelles project in Southern Senegal to shed light on whether additional targeted support can affect the ability of primary school students in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to succeed in their regular education programming and to what extent. He concludes the post with offering implications for the project and beyond.

In the second most read post, FHI 360’s Kharisma Nugroho discusses three types of knowledge: local, professional, and scientific knowledge. He argues that “to be relevant and effective, development policy must be informed both by scientific and professional knowledge and local knowledge.” To support his argument, Kharisma highlights four case studies showcasing how local knowledge shaped development policy.

The third and fourth most read posts discuss HIV/AIDS. FHI 360’s Carolyne A. Akello, Christopher Akolo, and Timothy Mastro participated in the 2022 INTEREST Conference, the premier scientific conference for HIV in Africa. In this post, they highlight new HIV interventions and presentations by FHI 360’s researchers and partners at the conference. Later in the year, some of our colleagues attended AIDS 2022. In this post, FHI 360’s Edward Oladele, Masego Gilbert and Christopher Akolo share four key takeaways from the conference to help reignite the fight for HIV prevention and treatment, especially considering the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, in the fifth most read post, FHI 360’s Betsy Costenbader and Catherine Packer share findings from a study of the influence of social norms on adolescent girls’ and young women’s ability to access reproductive health information and care in Burundi – part of USAID’s Passages Project.

Where some of our readers came from

R&E Search for Evidence continued to attract a diverse and global readership in 2022, reaching readers in 204 countries.
R&E Search for Evidence continued to attract a diverse and global readership in 2022, reaching readers in 204 countries. Beyond the U.S., the top five countries in terms of readership are the Philippines, United Kingdom, India, Tanzania, and South Africa. Readers in these locations read a wide range of posts published in 2022 and previous years.

Below we highlight how some of the posts published in 2022 fared around the world.

Readers in Uganda were particularly interested in FHI 360’s Sarah Brittingham post about building the evidence-base for digital self-care. Another popular post popular among Ugandan readers was the one discussing INTEREST Conference.

Meanwhile, in India, readers liked three posts. The first is FHI 360’s Krishma Bashyal’s and Annette N. Brown’s summary of two journal articles that focus on the lead authorship of articles about health research conducted in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Their summary provides timely insights given the ongoing inequities between authors from LMICs and high-income countries (HICs).

The second post is FHI 360’s Tom Newton-Lewis’ discussion about using ethnographic research to understand complex system dynamics. Finally, readers in India were also drawn to FHI 360’s Emily Hoppes’ post on the development of a framework for measuring menstrual changes.

Readers in Nigeria were interested in FHI 360’s Rachel Renbarger’s discussion of a theory of social and behavior change to help increase the uptake of open science practices in education research and beyond.

Two more posts were popular among readers in Malawi. In one post, FHI 360’s Jill Peterson discusses research about the role of family planning providers in turnaway and how to prevent it. Specifically, she shares findings from a study conducted in Malawi that examined the role of provider bias in causing turnaway of clients seeking family planning. The other post is also based on research conducted in Malawi. FHI 360’s Louis Masankha Banda shares findings about the efficacy of using mixed approaches to close HIV prevention and treatment gaps among key populations in Malawi.

Posts by authors outside the U.S.

With nearly 74 percent of FHI 360’s staff based outside the U.S.; we had the opportunity to work with several authors around the world.

For example, FHI 360’s Edward Oladele (Zambia), Hadiza Khamofu (Nigeria) and former colleague Moses Bateganya discuss the impact of COVID-19 on HIV programming, research, and practice.

And, from Thailand, FHI 360’s Inthira Suya, shares findings from a rapid review of peer-reviewed articles and grey literature to learn whether the current consumer goods labeling systems provide sufficient understanding for Thai consumers to choose healthy products.

Research based in the U.S.

While many posts focused on research pertaining to development issues around the world, we also published posts on research pertaining to the U.S. In one post, FHI 360’s Rachel Renbarger shares the methodology and findings from research investigating theories that can explain the different experiences of low- and middle-income PhD students at U.S. universities compared to their peers from privileged backgrounds.

In another post, part of a series, FHI 360’s Felix Fernandez, Merle Froschl, Lara Lorenzetti and Maryann Stimmer share findings from a systematic review to better answer how promoting math identity among girls supports their ability to succeed. They emphasize one key takeaway: a sense of belonging is critical to the development of a positive math identity among girls.

Lastly, FHI 360’s Rebecca Ledsky and colleagues share select findings from a demonstration project promoting diabetes prevention in the U.S. using insights from social marketing, health literacy, and social support research.

Looking ahead

In 2023, we will work to produce more posts and grow our readership. Our editorial calendar already has some posts in the pipeline. We also hope to produce posts around key topics such as locally led development and diversity, equity, and inclusion in development work.

We are thankful to both our authors and readers for contributing to our blog in 2022!

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