Building leadership capacity and future leaders in operational research in low-income countries: why and how?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/198810
Title:
Building leadership capacity and future leaders in operational research in low-income countries: why and how?
Authors:
Zachariah, R; Reid, T; Srinath, S; Chakaya, J; Legins, K; Karunakara, U; Harries, A D
Journal:
International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Abstract:
Very limited operational research (OR) emerges from programme settings in low-income countries where the greatest burden of disease lies. The price paid for this void includes a lack of understanding of how health systems are actually functioning, not knowing what works and what does not, and an inability to propose adapted and innovative solutions to programme problems. We use the National Tuberculosis Control Programme as an example to advocate for strong programme-level leadership to steer OR and build viable relationships between programme managers, researchers and policy makers. We highlight the need to create a stimulating environment for conducting OR and identify some of the main practical challenges and enabling factors at programme level. We focus on the important role of an OR focal point within programmes and practical approaches to training that can deliver timely and quantifiable outputs. Finally, we emphasise the need to measure successful OR leadership development at programme level and we propose parameters by which this can be assessed. This paper 1) provides reasons why programmes should take the lead in coordinating and directing OR, 2) identifies the practical challenges and enabling factors for implementing, managing and sustaining OR and 3) proposes parameters for measuring successful leadership capacity development in OR.
Affiliation:
Medical Department, Médecins Sans Frontières, Operational Centre Brussels, MSF-Luxembourg, Luxembourg. zachariah@internet.lu
Issue Date:
Nov-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/198810
DOI:
10.5588/ijtld.11.0316
PubMed ID:
22008755
Language:
en
ISSN:
1815-7920
Appears in Collections:
Research Methods

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorZachariah, Ren
dc.contributor.authorReid, Ten
dc.contributor.authorSrinath, Sen
dc.contributor.authorChakaya, Jen
dc.contributor.authorLegins, Ken
dc.contributor.authorKarunakara, Uen
dc.contributor.authorHarries, A Den
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-23T01:25:36Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-23T01:25:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011-11-
dc.identifier.citationBuilding leadership capacity and future leaders in operational research in low-income countries: why and how? 2011, 15 (11):1426-35, i Int. J. Tuberc. Lung Dis.en
dc.identifier.issn1815-7920-
dc.identifier.pmid22008755-
dc.identifier.doi10.5588/ijtld.11.0316-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/198810-
dc.description.abstractVery limited operational research (OR) emerges from programme settings in low-income countries where the greatest burden of disease lies. The price paid for this void includes a lack of understanding of how health systems are actually functioning, not knowing what works and what does not, and an inability to propose adapted and innovative solutions to programme problems. We use the National Tuberculosis Control Programme as an example to advocate for strong programme-level leadership to steer OR and build viable relationships between programme managers, researchers and policy makers. We highlight the need to create a stimulating environment for conducting OR and identify some of the main practical challenges and enabling factors at programme level. We focus on the important role of an OR focal point within programmes and practical approaches to training that can deliver timely and quantifiable outputs. Finally, we emphasise the need to measure successful OR leadership development at programme level and we propose parameters by which this can be assessed. This paper 1) provides reasons why programmes should take the lead in coordinating and directing OR, 2) identifies the practical challenges and enabling factors for implementing, managing and sustaining OR and 3) proposes parameters for measuring successful leadership capacity development in OR.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseaseen
dc.titleBuilding leadership capacity and future leaders in operational research in low-income countries: why and how?en
dc.contributor.departmentMedical Department, Médecins Sans Frontières, Operational Centre Brussels, MSF-Luxembourg, Luxembourg. zachariah@internet.luen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseaseen

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