National Operational Research Training Course 2016
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka
Call for Applications
National Operational Research Training Course
October 1-10, 2016,
National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore
The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) is an international scientific organization headquartered in Paris with a mission towards providing ‘Health Solutions to the Poor’. A leader in the field of TB and tobacco control, it works closely with leading international, regional and local TB control agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Union prioritizes the health care needs of low-and-middle income countries. It is a pathfinder organization that develops, promotes and evaluates cost-effective strategies in collaboration with National Ministries of Health and national and international partners. Its technical work focuses on three main pillars: (1) technical support to public health programs, (2) training, and (3) operational research. The Union’s core values are the quality of its technical work, independence, with an emphasis on critical evaluation and solidarity with countries with limited resources.
The Union’s Regional Office for South-East Asia (USEA), located in New Delhi, invites applications from the health programme/project managers/public health students from India for a National Operational Research Training Course with focus on Tuberculosis (TB). This course is conducted by The Union in collaboration with Central TB Division and other partners as part of research capacity building of TB program in India through Project Axshya funded by Global Fund. The course is based on the success of ‘The Union/MSF’ model of capacity building, a target-oriented training with defined milestones and expected outputs. Failure to fulfil the expected outputs linked to each module implies the candidate does not return for the next module. Participants go through the whole research process and complete the course with a defined product which is a peer-reviewed manuscript to be submitted for publication in peer- reviewed scientific journals.
- To develop the practical skills for conducting operational research and publishing the findings.
- The course comprises three modules which will be held at NTI-Bangalore, India, as follows:
Module 1: Research Questions and Protocol Development â€“ October 1-6, 2016
This will be a six day module to help participants develop a thorough understanding about what operational research is all about and to ensure that a draft research protocol is produced before the completion of the module. The teaching will be through lectures, discussions, exercises and useof completed and published operational research as examples, and participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their written protocols with the facilitators. This six-day module will continue with Module 2.
Brief content overview:
- Introduction to Operational Research
- Developing research protocols
- Asking the right research questions
- Aims and Objectives
- Research terminologies
- Quantitative research methods
- Simple analysis
(Key Deliverable Output: A Draft Scientific Protocol)`
Module 2: Data management and quality data entry â€“ October 7-10, 2016
- This will be a 4-day module to help participants understand data management and focus on quality data entry. The module will consist of:
- 2 days: Data entry (Ensure efficient quality assured data entry)
- 1 day: Application of learning on specific projects
- 1 day: Plenary and feedback
Brief content overview:
- Designing an efficient data entry instrument
- Making an efficient computer data entry questionnaire
- Entering and validating data entry
- Daily homework on own electronic data entry instrument
(Key Deliverable Output: Draft electronic data entry instrument)
Module 3: Scientific paper writing â€“April 2017 (dates to be decided)
This will be a ten-day module to help participants to analyze their results and write their scientific papers and deal with on-line submission and editors’ and reviewers’ comment
Brief content overview
- Learnthe principles of data analysis
- Learn the principles of writing a scientific paper
- Standards for reporting of quantitative studies
- Learn how to deal with peer review
(Key Deliverable Output: Draft paper to be submitted to a scientific journal)
3.Faculty for the course:
The course will be facilitated by the experienced and reputed national and international faculty.
4.What does the participant gain?
- Practical skills for undertaking the entire operational research process from concept to publication.
- The experience of learning and sharing knowledge within a team of motivated participants and talented facilitators in operational research (who act as mentors) from different settings.
- Individual research supervision/mentorship by experienced faculty
5. Course follow-up:
In between the modules 2 and 3, candidates will return to their respective health programmes/projects to continue their routine work and in addition collect the data pertaining to their research projects.
Participants will receive mentorship from the assigned mentors until the project is complete and paper published.
Course facilitators will be available to provide advice upon request.
6.Criteria for successful applicants:
- Working with national or state or NGO programme for TB care and control.
- Provide written commitment to attend all three modules of the training course, return to their programme or institution after the course and implement course knowledge at programme level for a minimum of at least 18 months.
- Provide a written statement from the supervisor or coordination/operations or relevant authority attesting to the investment of resources and granting the applicant permission to have time and opportunity to carry out and publish operational research and adhere to all the course milestones and timelines.
- Provide a written statement from a mentor (wherever available) describing how the mentor knows the candidate and how the mentor proposes to provide support to complete the course successfully.
- Outline a half page of text that a) describes a problem that the candidate has identified within a given program including the policy gap it addresses and b) formulates a research question that is proposed to be developed into an operational research project.
- Fluent in written and spoken English.
- Computer literate.
Female candidates meeting the above criteria are strongly encouraged to apply.
7.Research Questions â€“ guidance:
In your application you should formulate and submit a research question based on a perceived problem within TB programme or health system in which you work. The research will have to be carried out within a 6 months’ time frame and therefore we strongly encourage simple research projects with focused research questions which can be completed within the time frame. It would be appreciated if concepts are focused on secondary data analysis and not prospective research proposals. Research questions aligned to national research priorities like TB co-morbidities, Pediatric TB, TB surveillance, DR-TB and others will be considered favorably in selection process.
The organizers’ will provide a full scholarship to successful applicants (15 numbers). The scholarship includes all tuition fees, travel expenses, meals and accommodation.
9.Application deadline: August 23, 2016
Complete application form (attached here) along with all the other required documents may be sent by e-mail with a subject “Application for National Operational Research Course-2016” to:
- Failure to provide all of the above requested information will result in the rejection of your application. Incomplete applications will be discarded.
- Please note that all supportive documents must be in Word or PDF format.
Kindly see the attachment for application form.