Riders for Health uses research to generate evidence for partners, policymakers, and the global health community on the role of transport in development. Research is also a vital part of our process of continually improving our programmes.
Riders’ research goals are achieved through three channels: external evaluations of Riders’ programmes, publications, and presentation of research abstracts at conferences.
External evaluations of Riders’ programmes rigorously test the impact of our managed transport systems on operational, financial, and health indicators.
- Since 2011 the Stanford Graduate School of Business have been carrying out an independent, randomised control trial study into Riders for Health’s work in Southern Province, Zambia. The research has found that systematic management of motorcycles used by health care workers to reach rural villages improved health systems performance. Health workers were able to see more people, more often, further away.
- You can read the summary of the research findings here.
The academic manuscript by Stanford Graduate School of Business has been submitted for publication review and will be made available soon. The evaluation design was a quasi-experimental impact assessment, including an Interrupted Time Series design (with four experimental districts and four matched control districts). Read an evaluation summary here.
Riders has collaborated with research institutions to develop academic publications and case studies that reach a large audience.
- Innovative Logistics in Extreme Conditions: The Case of Health Care Delivery in Gambia, Chapter 13, Handbook of Global Logistics: International Series in Operations Research & Management Science, 2013.
- Connecting the Dots: A Pilot Program to Link Laboratory Services to Patients in a Rural Zambia Province, Alliance for Case Studies for Global Health, 2012.
- Innovative Logistics in Extreme Conditions: Lessons from Gambia, Supply Chain Management Review, 2011.
- Fuelling Growth, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2010.
- The difference transport makes to child mortality and preventative healthcare efforts: Riders for Health, Archives of Disease in Childhood, BMJ Journals, 2010.
- Riders for Health – A Fleet Leasing Model in the Gambia: A Case Study, Stanford University Global Supply Chain Management Forum, 2010.
- Riders for Health and the Lady in Glasses, Case Study by London Business School, 2009.
Presentation of research abstracts at conferences
Riders has presented programme monitoring and evaluation data at a number of global health and social enterprise conferences.
- Review of innovative methods to finance capital investment in transportation and align PPP incentives to improve health care delivery in The Gambia; Private Sector in Health Symposium 2013; Sydney, Australia; July 2013.
- Increasing health system efficiency: Use of motorcycles for patient outreach in Kisumu, Nyanza Province; 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; July 2013.
- Understanding health centre testing practices in Malawi: baseline study for implementation of sample transport programme; 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; July 2013.
- Improving primary-level access to TB diagnosis: Sample Transport implementation and lessons learned in Chadiza District, Eastern Province, Zambia; 19th Conference of The Union Africa Region; Kigali, Rwanda; June 2013.
- The effect of Riders for Health's vehicle leasing program on emergency referrals in North Bank Region, The Gambia; Global Maternal Health Conference 2013; Arusha, Tanzania; January 2013.
- Increasing health system efficiency: Use of motorcycles for patient outreach; University of Nairobi HIV/AIDS Collaborative Centre Annual Meeting 2013; Nairobi, Kenya; January 2013.
- Improving primary health care access to laboratory-based TB diagnosis and HIV monitoring in Lesotho via Riders for Health’s Sample Transport System; 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; November 2012.
- Sample Transport: Reducing delays to accessing laboratory-based testing in Chadiza; Maternal and Newborn Health Conference of the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance; Lusaka, Zambia; November 2012.
- Mobilisation on motorcycles: Increasing access to laboratory-based testing and follow-up care for HIV and TB in rural communities in Lesotho; Directors' Joint Consultative Committee (DJCC) and Best Practices Forum Meeting of the East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC); Arusha, Tanzania; August 2012.
- Five Innovative Transport Management Solutions to Increase Rural Access to Health Care in Africa; 2nd Africa Community Access Programme (AFCAP) Practitioners’ Conference; Maputo, Mozambique; July 2012.
- The Effect of Riders for Health’s Mobilisation Programmes on Outreach Health Worker Productivity in Kenya; 2nd Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Annual Scientific and Health (KASH) Conference; Nairobi, Kenya; February 2012.
- Working in public-private partnerships with different stakeholders to achieve a sustainable impact; 2011 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC); London, United Kingdom; September 2011.
- Health system strengthening on motorcycles: Riders for Health sample transport system and its contribution to HIV management; 6th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment; Rome, Italy; July 2011.