Training tools for implementation research

Session title Training tools for Implementation Research

(Training tools for implementation research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty)

Coordinator Edward Mberu Kamau, Scientist RCS (e-mail
Hosts Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
Session objectives
  1. To present currently available training tools on implementation research and increase awareness among researchers and other stakeholders of their role in strengthening research capacity.
  2. To promote the dissemination and utilization of the training tools by researchers and their teams, as part of overall efforts to strengthen capacity for implementation research.
  3. To provide an opportunity for feedback to inform review and development of updated versions of the training tools.
Session abstract There is an increasingly recognized need for sustainable capacity for implementation research to identify and address bottlenecks that impede effective implementation of effective interventions. Opportunities to acquire the requisite skills may be limited in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) where there is the greatest need for strengthening research capacity. In collaboration with partners in the disease-endemic countries, TDR has developed a set of training tools to strengthen the skills and research capacity of individuals and institutions in LMICs, particularly capacity for implementation research. The tools target a wide range of health professionals including researchers, health care providers, policy makers and academics.

Workshop participants will become familiar with the range of training tools available in diverse formats and languages: a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty; a course on the basic principles of implementation research; the TDR online implementation research toolkit, and a training course on the ethics of implementation research. This workshop will promote the uptake of these tools to equip researchers with skills to identify and address health system barriers through implementation research.

The training tools also cover skills for communication, advocacy and uptake of research findings into policy. While the training tools focus on implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty, they are applicable to implementation research on a wider range of health problems. In addition to increasing awareness of the range of training tools, this workshop will provide an opportunity for feedback to inform review and development of updated versions.

Session Format Panel Discussion Workshop 16 Plenary
Chairs Chair: Charles Mgone, Vice Chancellor, Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, UR Tanzania. (e-mail or

Co-Chair: Evelyn Gitau, Director, Research Capacity Strengthening African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya.

Speakers Title Contact Status
Speaker 1
(Policy)Mary Kawonga


Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Implementation Research Department of Community Health, Wits School of Public Health and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital Confirmed
Speaker 2
(Researcher)Paul Kazyoba
Implementation Research Toolkit Director of Research Coordination and Promotion,


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Speaker 3
(Networking)Phyllis Dako-Gyeke
Basic Principles of Implementation Research Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences School of Public Health

University of Ghana

Coordinator for the African Regional Training Center Supported by TDR

Speaker 4
(Academia)Okyere Boateng
Ethics in Implementation Research. Registrar

Methodist University College

Dansoman – Accra

Speaker 5 (Academic)

Omondi ogutu

The Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) course Chair,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi, Kenya


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