Table 2: Research domains and examples of research questions
Research domain Research question
Epidemiological research

What is the association of zinc deficiency with the severity of diarrhoea?

  • Establishes an association between zinc and diarrhoea.
Clinical efficacy research

What is the association of zinc deficiency with severity of diarrhoea? What is the effect of zinc as an adjunct for the treatment of diarrhoea?

  • Examines how well zinc treatment works on the health outcome (diarrhoea).
Programme effectiveness research

What is the effect of a programme of promoting zinc as an adjunct treatment of diarrhoea

  • Examines how well a specific intervention or programme works in promoting the use of zinc treatment.
Implementation research

Why is the zinc promotion programme not reaching all children with diarrhoea? How can the barriers to scaling up zinc promotion programmes be overcome so that they reach all children with diarrhoea?

  • Uses findings from previous research in practical applications, examining implementation strategies to scale up the programme and treatment coverage.

Source: MEASURE Evaluation