Designing Research Protocols

Successful research requires careful planning of:

  • study aims , objectives and indicators,
  • project resources including time and budget,
  • data collection tools and procedures,
  • data management, analysis and interpretation, and
  • dissemination of findings.


Investment in protocol design helps avoid wasted time and money during project activities, and produce results that clearly relate to the original goal of the research. I have successfully planned and implemented a number of research protocols for use in studies of health facility functioning, patient health outcomes and community behaviours, as well as complex studies involving a combination of several components that need to be carried out concurrently. I have worked on projects using various study designs including randomised controlled trials, (controlled) before and after studies, and cohort studies. Each design requires a different and specific approach to be planned at the protocol stage. By using a skilled consultant in planning and designing the protocol you can ensure you produce results that are robust and scientifically valid.

Example research protocols I have co-designed:

  • Assessment of most effective service delivery models for integration of cervical cancer screening into existing sexual and reproductive health networks in Uganda – for Marie Stopes International
  • Development and Evaluation of Facility-led Interventions to Increase Level of Referral Completion among Women with VIA Positive Screens within the CCS&PT Project – for Marie Stopes International
  • Multi-centred mixed-methods PEPFAR HIV care & support public health evaluation