The Grants & sponsored Research Initiative (GRIT)


The Research Program on Children and Adversity is proud to host the Grants & sponsored Research IniTiative (GRIT). GRIT is a monthly webinar that aims 1) to create a space for new investigators to receive constructive feedback from peers on grant proposals for NIH and other funders, and  2) provide an opportunity for senior investigators to share their research expertise with others in the spirit of capacity building. All aspiring and experienced researchers are welcome to participate.  To register please use the links found below. 

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Upcoming Presentations: 



Theory Based Implementation and Evaluation of Complex Interventions: Experiences from Ghana

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Complex interventions consist of multiple interacting components and are often implemented in heterogeneous settings. While implementation scientists are encouraged to use theories to select context appropriate implementation strategies, in many situations, pre-existing theories do not exist, and theories need to be constructed from local knowledge. In this talk, we present several examples of how the Theory of Change approach typically used in program planning was used to develop implementation theories for programs of increasing complexity, and the evaluation approaches that have been designed and are in use to test these theories. While describing work still in progress, this seminar will share experiences of the process of theory building and implementation, lessons learned, results achieved to date, and evaluation approaches and challenges. This seminar will be of interest to researchers interested in evaluation in real life settings and practitioners seeking examples of the systematic application of implementation science theories and frameworks to real world settings.


Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH

Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy is the Associate Director of the Public Health Leadership Program and a Professor in Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also the co-director of the UNC/RTI Consortium for Implementation Science. Dr. Ramaswamy’s area of expertise is applied Implementation and Improvement science, which deals with the development and evaluation of systematic methods and tools to sustainably implement and improve complex interventions. His work blends the tools of systems science, design thinking, implementation science and continuous quality improvement to build capacity for implementation. His global projects include the improvement of clinical and operational processes in tertiary maternity hospitals in Ghana, developing the quality improvement capability of district level government staff in Kenya and integrating mental health service delivery into the district primary health care system in India. His has developed and taught Implementation Science programs in South Africa and in Zambia. Dr. Ramaswamy has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MPH degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics from the University of Sydney.