Evidence on effectiveness of TDR training support

TDR news item
9 February 2018

A new article on TDR’s research training and capacity strengthening practices provides evidence on what has worked well. The PLOS NTD article highlights a high degree of satisfaction and greater inclusion of women, as well as maintenance in science careers in the home countries of grant recipients.

WHO/TDR/A. Craggs

The article is the follow-up to a 2015 study conducted by the European Science Foundation that covered 5 organizations and almost 500 respondents (of which 77 were TDR grantees).

Most of the TDR grantees who responded (80%) rated TDR support as a very important factor that influenced their professional career achievements. The “brain drain” phenomenon towards high-income countries was particularly low amongst TDR grantees: the rate of return to their region of origin upon completion of their degree was 96%.

A vast majority of respondents are still working in research (89%), with 81% of respondents having participated in multidisciplinary research activities; women engaged in multidisciplinary collaboration to a higher extent than men. However, only a minority of all have engaged in intersectoral collaboration, an aspect that would require further study.

The indicators in this study will be used in future studies to track impact over time. Data are being collected on an ongoing basis in TDR Global, the network of global health experts and grantees that was, in part, set up to follow alumni in more detail and provide them with a mechanism for more frequent input into programme development.

For more information, contact Beatrice Halpaap.

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