Background: The Uganda Pulmonary Complications of AIDS Research Training Program (PART) at the Makerere College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and the Mak- Implementation Science (ImS) Program based at MakCHS in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley and Yale University supported by the Fogarty International Center introduces an Implementation Science Modular Course at MakCHS.
Course Objective: The purpose of this course is enable participants identify the Evidence to Practice gap in their area of research interest, write the background and objectives sections and describe the study design methods for their research projects either for study protocols or grant applications.
Target audience: Faculty, PhD students, ImS program trainees, Staff of research Programs/Projects, ImS short course Alumni.
Requirements: Main pre-requisites to be considered during selection include:
- Having a minimum qualification of a relevant masters’ degree
- Being an alumni of previous ImS short course(s)
- A good research training and publication background
- The implementation research question(s) to address during the course
- A supportive research project/program/team/supervisors
- In person attendance of 90 minute monthly Work-In-Progress sessions
The course will be structured into three taught modules with interlaced work-in-progress sessions spread-out over 10 months as follows:
Module 1 (July 2018) – Introduction to ImS, individual behavior change strategies (4 days). Participants will be introduced to Implementation Science (Defining ImS research and its importance) including defining the Evidence-to-Practice gap. These concepts will then be applied to understanding the role of behavior change, and behavior change theory. Participants shall use the Behavior Change Wheel (BCW) and the Capability Opportunity Motivation-Behavior (COM-B) Model to design intervention strategies.
Module 2 (November 2018) –Stakeholder engagement, Organizational behavior, and Implementation frameworks (4 days). In this module, participants will be introduced to Stakeholder engagement and various roles of community in ImS research. With appropriate project examples, trainees will learn about organizational structure and cultures as well as various ImS frameworks used in ImS research.
Module 3 (March 2019)— Measurement, Study design and Planning for evaluation (3 days) Participants will learn how various measurement approaches, study designs, and analytical techniques are used in ImS research to assess impact. In addition trainees will explore how these evaluations can be incorporated into ImS frameworks.
Module 4 (July 2019) —Writing about ImS in Research Protocols, manuscripts and Grants (3 Days) In this module participants shall explore various approaches of effectively communicating ImS research in protocols, grants and manuscripts .
Application process for the ImS course:
Deadline for submission of applications is 7th June, 2018.
Note: The number of attendees will be limited and will be chosen by application.
Only accepted applicants will be contacted.