Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
Just to give you a quick update of my bursary project,
The project aimed at finding ways in which fieldworkers can be effectively supported to handle practical and ethical challenges they encounter in their roles. This was to be achieved by
1. Carrying out a telesurvey to collect information on current support supervision, training, practical and ethical challenges and dilemmas FWs face; and performance management strategies and activities from a range of international collaborative research centres in sub Saharan Africa;
2. Holding a consultative workshop for representatives from a smaller group of research centres to share experiences of challenges and best practices and identify ways to mitigate the challenges
What have we done so far?
All the two activities have been completed. Preliminary analysis of both the telesurvey and workshop proceedings was carried out but full analysis is yet to be completed. The preliminary Analysis of the tele-survey and workshop proceedings indicate a strong desire to strengthen current performance management and continuing professional development systems, in order to strengthen the capacity of FWs to address practical, moral and ethical challenges they face in their roles.
An important recommendation of the workshop was the need to consolidate the network of interested research institutions, as one body that can bring at the forefront the need for appropriate support for FWs across research centers in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
An outcome of the workshop was the establishment of a small group of representatives from some of the centres that was tasked to write a position paper targeting a high impact journal, in a bid to contribute to the limited body of literature on this important subject.
More about the analysis and future plans will be shared in the next blog...stay tuned:-)))
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