Monitoring and evaluating capacity building activities in low and middle income countries: challenges and opportunities


Schneider, M; van de Water, T; Araya, R; Bonini, BB; Pilowsky, DJ; Pratt, C; Price, L; Rojas, G; Seedat, S; Sharma, M; Susser, E; (2016) Monitoring and evaluating capacity building activities in low and middle income countries: challenges and opportunities. Global mental health (Cambridge, England), 3. e29. ISSN 2054-4251 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/gmh.2016.24

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Abstract

Background Lower and middle income countries (LMICs) are home to > 80% of the global population, but mental health researchers and LMIC investigator led publications are concentrated in 10% of LMICs. Increasing research and research outputs, such as in the form of peer reviewed publications, require increased capacity building (CB) opportunities in LMICs. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) initiative, Collaborative Hubs for International Research on Mental Health reaches across five regional 'hubs' established in LMICs, to provide training and support for emerging researchers through hub-specific CB activities. This paper describes the range of CB activities, the process of monitoring, and the early outcomes of CB activities conducted by the five research hubs. Methods The indicators used to describe the nature, the monitoring, and the early outcomes of CB activities were developed collectively by the members of an inter-hub CB workgroup representing all five hubs. These indicators included but were not limited to courses, publications, and grants. Results Results for all indicators demonstrate a wide range of feasible CB activities. The five hubs were successful in providing at least one and the majority several courses; 13 CB recipient-led articles were accepted for publication; and nine grant applications were successful. Conclusions The hubs were successful in providing CB recipients with a wide range of CB activities. The challenge remains to ensure ongoing CB of mental health researchers in LMICs, and in particular, to sustain the CB efforts of the five hubs after the termination of NIMH funding.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Web of Science ID: 387980600001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3515822

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