This report reviews frameworks for strengthening research systems, gives examples of policies to improve RCS systems, and analyses the landscape of organisations engaged in research management or RCS in sub-Saharan Africa.
This project aims to develop guidance on improving research capacity strengthening evaluation, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Despite significant investment in research capacity strengthening (RCS) programmes in low and middle-income countries, frameworks and robust indicators to determine the impact of these programmes are lacking.
The Centre for Capacity Research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in partnership with the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) therefore undertook this 7-month project commissioned by the Department for International Development. The aim of the project was to develop guidance on improving research capacity strengthening evaluation practice, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and to identify helpful indicators to better direct current and future research capacity strengthening investments.
This work was funded by the Department for International Development’s Strategic Evaluation Fund.