Planning, monitoring and evaluation: Framework for research capacity strengthening

Revision 2016
ESSENCE Good practice document series
Published online: 24 February 2016

Overview / Visión general:

The ESSENCE on Health Research collaboration has released their updated publication, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for research capacity strengthening. The framework was used at the Research Impact Assessment workshop of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association 21 – 24 February in Cape Town, South Africa. ESSENCE, which is hosted at TDR, provides a mechanism for collaboration between funders – as well as between funders and recipient countries – with the aim of coordinating, harmonizing and aligning funding and research activities with countries’ health agendas.
The group has published a series of good practice documents to enhance both research capacity and the conditions for doing research in low- and middle-income countries. Changes in this framework document include the ESSENCE definition of research capacity strengthening and expansion of the principles of participation and alignment, local strengths and long-term commitment. It also added a new principle of ensuring equity.
In addition, a new section on practical considerations was created; the environment component was divided into 3 levels, and a matrix for research networks was added. Sources were updated to include more recent literature.

Keywords / Palabras clave: Research in Health, Research Capacity, International Agenda

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