Within COMDIS-HSD, we aim to develop our partners’ capacity to get research into practice. We do this by improving the ability of individuals, partner organisations and systems to conduct and share high-quality research effectively and efficiently. We consider 3 levels to be significant in improving the capacity of our partners:
Individual: to develop researchers and teams in the Research Programme Consortium (RPC) to design and undertake research, write up and publish research findings, as well as influence policy.
Organisational: to develop the capacity of our partners to fund, manage and sustain research activities.
Institutional: to engage with our collaborating institutions, including policy makers, to strengthen their capacity for incorporating evidence-based research into national policy and practice.
Our capacity building workshops have focused on the skills needed to successfully design and manage Randomised Control Trials (RCTs), specifically: CONSORT, monitoring fidelity, compliance and adherence, managing trials and developing a code plan.
We have also conducted workshops on designing research uptake (RU) strategies and on using plain English techniques for writing research and policy briefs.