Research Management Capacity Strengthening

Specialist support we can provide includes gap analysis, action planning, tracking progress and capacity building workshops. 

Previous CCR contributions to strengthening research management capacity include:

  • Conducting assessments to identify the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and capacity needs of research management systems and institutions and suggesting recommendations for improvement.    
  • Facilitating the development a global standard for Good Research Management Practice to standardise  and strengthen the institutional management of research.
  • Identifying the enablers and barriers to performing multi-disciplinary implementation research and for equitable research careers
  • Appraising the practices, procedures, and facilities for PhD students in selected African universities and understanding the research management factors that positively and negatively influence PhD pathways.

Selected Publications

El Hajj T, Gregorius S, Pulford J, Bates I Strengthening capacity for natural sciences research: A qualitative assessment to identify good practices, capacity gaps and investment priorities in African research institutions. PLoS ONE 15(1): e0228261. (2020)

Murunga, V.I., Oronje, R.N., Bates, I. et al. Review of published evidence on knowledge translation capacity, practice and support among researchers and research institutions in low- and middle-income countriesHealth Res Policy Sys 18, 16 (2020)

Pulford J, Crossman S, Begg S et al. Strengthening research management and support services in sub-Saharan African universities and research institutions [version 2; peer review: 2 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. AAS Open Res 2020, 3:31

Tagoe N, Molyneux S, Pulford J, et al Managing health research capacity strengthening consortia: a systematised review of the published literature BMJ Global Health 2019;4:e001318.

Wallis S, Cole DC, Gaye O, et al Qualitative study to develop processes and tools for the assessment and tracking of African institutions’ capacity for operational health research BMJ Open 2017;7:e016660.

Dean, L., Njelesani, J., Smith, H. et al. Promoting sustainable research partnerships: a mixed-method evaluation of a United Kingdom–Africa capacity strengthening award schemeHealth Res Policy Sys 13, 81 (2015).

Bates, I., Boyd, A., Smith, H. et al. A practical and systematic approach to organisational capacity strengthening for research in the health sector in AfricaHealth Res Policy Sys 12, 11 (2014).

Bates, Imelda, Boyd, Alan, Aslanyan, Garry and Cole, Donald C.  'Tackling the tensions in evaluating capacity strengthening for health research in low- and middle-income countries'. Health Policy and Planning, Vol 30, Issue 3, pp. 334-344. (2014)