Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

Strengthening Training of Front Line Staff

Dear all,

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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Comment by Michael Parker on December 23, 2014 at 8:58

Thanks for the update Kombe. It sounds like the project has been going really well. The network of representatives sounds like a great achievement. Are you planning to arrange another meeting at some point? I'm looking forward to seeing the paper - I'm sure it will be a fascinating read.

In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely Christmas holiday!

Comment by Francis Kombe on December 23, 2014 at 9:12

Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, the plan is to have another meeting in 2015 organized collaboratively with the rest of the representatives. We hope together, we can successfully apply for funds to facilitate this meeting. Yes, i hope the paper will be fascinating too. I will fill you in as the process unfolds. Merry Christmas and happy new 2015

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