Building operational research capacity in the Pacific

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/322231
Title:
Building operational research capacity in the Pacific
Authors:
Bissel, K; Viney, K; Brostrom, R; Gounder, S; Khogali, M; Kishore, K; Kool, B; Kumar, A. M. V.; Manzi, M; Marais, B; Marks, G; Linh, N. N.; Ram, S; Reid, S; Roseveare, C; Tayler-Smith, K; Van den Bergh, R; Harries, A D
Journal:
Public Health Action
Abstract:
Operational research (OR) in public health aims to investigate strategies, interventions, tools or knowledge that can enhance the quality, coverage, effectiveness or performance of health systems. Attention has recently been drawn to the lack of OR capacity in public health programmes throughout the Pacific Islands, despite considerable investment in implementation. This lack of ongoing and critical reflection may prevent health programme staff from understanding why programme objectives are not being fully achieved, and hinder long-term gains in public health. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) has been collaborating with Pacific agencies to conduct OR courses based on the training model developed by The Union and Médecins Sans Frontières Brussels-Luxembourg in 2009. The first of these commenced in 2011 in collaboration with the Fiji National University, the Fiji Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and other partners. The Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community organised a second course for participants from other Pacific Island countries and territories in 2012, and an additional course for Fijian participants commenced in 2013. Twelve participants enrolled in each of the three courses. Of the two courses completed by end 2013, 18 of 24 participants completed their OR and submitted papers by the course deadline, and 17 papers have been published to date. This article describes the context, process and outputs of the Pacific courses, as well as innovations, adaptations and challenges.
Publisher:
The Union
Issue Date:
21-Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/322231
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Operational Research Courses

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dc.contributor.authorBissel, Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorViney, Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorBrostrom, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorGounder, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKhogali, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorKishore, Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorKool, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorKumar, A. M. V.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorManzi, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorMarais, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorMarks, Gen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLinh, N. N.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorRam, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorReid, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRoseveare, Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorTayler-Smith, Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan den Bergh, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarries, A Den_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-24T14:19:03Z-
dc.date.available2014-06-24T14:19:03Z-
dc.date.issued2014-06-21-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/322231-
dc.description.abstractOperational research (OR) in public health aims to investigate strategies, interventions, tools or knowledge that can enhance the quality, coverage, effectiveness or performance of health systems. Attention has recently been drawn to the lack of OR capacity in public health programmes throughout the Pacific Islands, despite considerable investment in implementation. This lack of ongoing and critical reflection may prevent health programme staff from understanding why programme objectives are not being fully achieved, and hinder long-term gains in public health. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) has been collaborating with Pacific agencies to conduct OR courses based on the training model developed by The Union and Médecins Sans Frontières Brussels-Luxembourg in 2009. The first of these commenced in 2011 in collaboration with the Fiji National University, the Fiji Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and other partners. The Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community organised a second course for participants from other Pacific Island countries and territories in 2012, and an additional course for Fijian participants commenced in 2013. Twelve participants enrolled in each of the three courses. Of the two courses completed by end 2013, 18 of 24 participants completed their OR and submitted papers by the course deadline, and 17 papers have been published to date. This article describes the context, process and outputs of the Pacific courses, as well as innovations, adaptations and challenges.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Unionen_GB
dc.subjectResearch Toolsen_GB
dc.titleBuilding operational research capacity in the Pacificen
dc.identifier.journalPublic Health Actionen_GB
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