In partnership with Gates Ventures and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) conducted implementation research case studies on the Exemplars in Global Health project to understand how and why Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Peru, Nepal, and Bangladesh had exceptional performance in reducing under-5 mortality. (U5M) through implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) between 2000-2015, compared to their regional and socio-economic peers. This research study expanded to understand how these strategies supported Rwanda and Bangladesh to mitigate drops or maintain the delivery of the EBIs to children under-5 during the COVID-19 pandemic. UGHE has started to disseminate the transferable lessons from the Exemplar countries and engage policymakers, decision-makers, and implementers in Guinea and Chad through a planned pragmatic Executive Education program for a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders from these two countries. The goals are to introduce core concepts of implementation research and results of the Exemplars work to guide the stakeholders in developing and implementing a needs and capacity assessment to understand barriers and facilitators to effective implementation of the U5-targetted EBIs. Countries would then be supported to use results to identify new or adaptation of existing strategies to address barriers and leverage facilitators learning from the success of Exemplar countries. Work to date has included development of a tool kit and planned for in-person meeting in fall 2023. Given the applicability of implementation research to all global health areas, stakeholders in various fields can gain insights on bridging the gap between evidence, policy and practice.