• Operational research capacity building using 'The Union/MSF' model: adapting as we go along

      Kumar, Ajay Mv; Zachariah, Rony; Satyanarayana, Srinath; Reid, Anthony J; Van den Bergh, Rafael; Tayler-Smith, Katie; Khogali, Mohammed; Harries, Anthony D (BioMed Central, 2014-11-19)
      We have conducted 23 operational research (OR) courses since 2009, based on 'The Union/ Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)' model, now popularly known as SORT-IT (Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative) model - wherein participants are mentored through the whole research process from protocol development (module 1) to data analysis (module 2) to publication (module 3) over a period of 9-12 months. We have faced a number of challenges including shortage of time, especially for data analysis and interpretation, and a heavy mentorship burden on limited numbers of experienced facilitators. To address these challenges, we have made several modifications to the structure of the OR course. In this article, we describe the revised structure and our experience (successes and challenges) of implementing it in Asia in 2013.