Evaluation of health research capacity strengthening trainings on individual level: validation of a questionnaire

Huber, Johanna; Bauer, Daniel; Hoelscher, Michael; Kapungu, Jerry; Kroidl, Arne; Lennemann, Tessa; Maganga, Lucas; Opitz, Oliver; Salehe, Omari; Sigauke, Abbie; Fischer, Martin R; Kiessling, Claudia (2014). Evaluation of health research capacity strengthening trainings on individual level: validation of a questionnaire. Journal of evaluation in clinical practice, 20(4), pp. 390-395. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/jep.12143

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RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES In the field of global health, research capacity strengthening is becoming a common concept for defining and improving research competencies on individual, organizational, national and supranational level. However, HRCS activities often lack evaluation procedures to measure their impact and to ensure their quality. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a short questionnaire to evaluate trainings in the field of health research capacity strengthening (HRCS). METHOD The questionnaire was developed by an interdisciplinary research team and tested in four different training settings at the Mbeya Medical Research Center and Mbeya Referral Hospital, Tanzania. Construct validity of the questionnaire was tested based on 97 responses of the participants of four trainings. RESULTS Iterative checking of Cronbach's alpha of the subscales and exploratory factor analysis revealed a four-factor solution that differed from the original structure and subscales of the questionnaire. The instrument was adapted accordingly and consists now of four subscales with 19 items, three global impression items, and open questions for participants' comments and recommendations. CONCLUSIONS The result of the study is a short, validated questionnaire for the evaluation of HRCS trainings on the individual level. The tool can be applied both to measure the short-term effects of international health research capacity trainings and to ensure their quality. In the future, after collecting larger sample sizes, a confirmatory factor analysis should be done to further support the four factors.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Education and Media Unit (AUM)

UniBE Contributor:

Bauer, Daniel

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1365-2753

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Bauer

Date Deposited:

22 Aug 2016 15:00

Last Modified:

02 Feb 2018 09:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/jep.12143

PubMed ID:

24828323

Web of Science ID:

000339385300014

Uncontrolled Keywords:

evaluation; health services research; public health

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.86186

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/86186

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