Overview of Research Capacity Building
What are key principles related to research capacity building?
- Research capacity building (RCB) is the process by which institutions, and the individuals who work within them, improve their ability to develop, implement, and sustain high-quality research efforts which can be translated into practice in order to improve outcomes.
- RCB is particularly needed in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and in other contexts where there are fewer resources in terms of funding, tools, and skills.
- Research capacity building is also sometimes called capacity strengthening or capacity development.
- This virtual library intends to provide RCB resources that are particularly relevant to human health-related research, based in hospital, clinic, or community settings.
Helpful Links, Videos and Online Courses
- ESSENCE on Health Research has prepared three “good practice documents” that provide an overview of RCB:
- Planning, monitoring, and evaluation framework for capacity strengthening in health research (Revised in 2016)
- Strengthening clinical research capacity in LMICs
- The Academy of Medical Science and InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health produced this 2:30 minute video which provides a brief overview of the topic and summarizes 7 key recommendations for RCB in LMICs. A detailed report of the workshop mentioned in this video, which was published by the United Kingdom-based Academy of Medical Sciences and IAP can be downloaded from this link.
- Franzen, S.R.P., Chandler, C., & Lang, T. (2017).Health research capacity development in low and middle-income countries: Reality or rhetoric? A systematic meta-narrative review of the qualitative literature. BMJ Open, 7, e012332