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A framework for managing health research capacity strengthening consortia: Addressing tensions and enhancing capacity outcomes

Tagoe, Nadia, Pulford, Justin ORCID:, Kinyanjui, Sam and Molyneux, Sassy (2022) 'A framework for managing health research capacity strengthening consortia: Addressing tensions and enhancing capacity outcomes'. BMJ Global Health, Vol 7, Issue 10, e009472.

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There has been a steady increase in health research capacity strengthening (HRCS) consortia and programmes. However, their structures and management practices and the effect on the capacity strengthening outcomes have been under-examined. We conducted a case study involving three HRCS consortia where we critically examined the consortia's decision-making processes, strategies for resolving management tensions, and the potential implications for consortia outcomes. We conducted 44 in-depth interviews with a range of consortia members and employed the Framework method to analyse the data. We assessed the extent to which consortia's management practices and strategies enabled or hindered research capacity strengthening using a capacity development lens. At the heart of consortium management is how tensions are navigated and the resolution strategies adopted. This study demonstrates that the management strategies consortia adopt have capacity strengthening consequences. When deciding upon which strategies to draw upon to manage tensions, trade-offs often occur, sometimes to the detriment of capacity strengthening aims. When management strategies align with capacity development principles, consortium management processes become capacity strengthening mechanisms for participating individuals and institutions. Such alignment enhances programme effectiveness and value for money. Drawing on these findings, we propose an evidence-informed management framework that consortia leaders can use in practice to support decision-making in consortia that optimizes research capacity gains. Considering the increasing investment in HRCS consortia, leveraging all consortium processes towards capacity strengthening will maximize the returns on investments made.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 20.5 Research (General)
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 525 General works
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Clare Bennett
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 10:06
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:06


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