Research management workshops

Empowering the next generation of
successful scientific researchers

Introduction

Human Rights & Science (HR&S) recognises researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in lower-income countries who present amazing social business ideas and supports them. Our main aim is to implement locally developed and locally adapted solutions.

HR&S addresses the context of scientific researchers and scientific institution management with the purpose of facilitating an enabling environment.

HR&S research management workshops bring together scientific researchers, scientific institution management, users of scientific findings, innovators, and social entrepreneurs from Sub-Sahara Africa for lectures and discussions with the aim of providing opportunities for them to bring positive change and development. HR&S offers a transformational training package designed to inspire scientific stakeholders to become innovative change-makers. Scientific researchers are expected to develop creative capacity and acquire necessary skills to do research and implement research findings.

Structure of the training

HR&S trainings are stuctured around evaluation planning. Evaluation planning describes how we monitor and evaluate the way we address our activites, as well as how we intend to use evaluation results for activity improvement and decision making.  HR&S benefits from our own “Real-time Outcome Planning & Evaluation” tool (ROPE) and the training sessions are structured around the ROPE Strategy for Change template. It is obvious from the above that ROPE is an iterative process and that the Strategy for Change is continiously revised, as a result of lessons learned. 

The set-up is two-fold; each reseacher / technician’s own career and workplan ambitions combined with the  ambitions of the management of the institution where the reseacher / technician work.

HR&S trainings are instructor led and delivered by using a blended learning approach. It combines presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, group work and home work. Our facilitators are seasoned experts with years of experience, working as professionals and trainers in these fields.

Output

  1. One Output from the trainings are a ROPE Strategy for Change sheet. The SfC sheet supports the development work of the participants/institution directly after the training is completed.
  2. Upon successful completion of the training and individual presentation, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Expected Outcome

Increased number of:

  • Approved research grant application.
  • Submitted manuscripts approved for publication.
  • Implemented research findings.
  • Income to the researchers and the university through consultancy.

Topics

Access to

  1. Well functioning computers & internet.
  2. Scientific literature.
  3. Well-functioning advanced scientific equipment.

Knowledge about

  1. The scientific method.
  2. Litterature reviews.
  3. Scientific supervision.
  4. Scientific writing.

Coordination around

  1. State-of-the-art knowledge.
  2. Seeking research grants.
  3. Developing and submitting manuscripts for publication.
  4. Dissemination of results to the non-scientific community.

Empowering

  1. Teamwork.
  2. Net-working.
  3. Knowledge-sharing.
  4. Time-management.

Strengthening institutional capacity

  1. Strategy for change.
  2. Sustainable economy.
  3. Accounting.
  4. Stakeholder analysis.
  5. Evaluation planning.
  6. Service and maintenance of scientific equipment..

Sharing about Practical strategies

  1. Ethical and management principles.
  2. Trust, transparency, and accountability.
  3. Cross-cultural understanding.
  4. Real-time outcome planning and evaluation.
  5. Physical infrastructure, financial support, coaching.
  6. Testing the strength of scientific evidence for impact.

Action Areas

  1. RISE Support Centres
  2. Investment capital loans
  3. Accountability management
  4. Branding & Public relations
  5. Motivation
  6. Social enterprise management
  7. Impact assessment

Annual Open Training

Our training package starts with research management and then continues with laboratory management. 

Each workshop serie starts with an introduction at an HR&S RISE Centre, continues with nine hours online workshops managed from HR&S Sweden and ends with presentation by each participant at the HR&S RISE Centres.

Participants receives homework to be addresses in-between the online sessions. Each participant prepares a presentation to share during the last session. Good presentations are rewarded with certificates.

Accreditation

Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Attendance

Delegates should be proficient in English.
Each open course attracts 20 participants.

Eligibility

Staff and students connected to scentific institutions.

Date & venue

Each seminar & workshop series is repeated every year.

February: Research management.
March: Laboratory management.

Price & payment

The fee for attending one open workshop series is Euro 10 per participant.
Please, transfer the fee to HR&S RISE Centres different bank accounts before the commencement of the training. Send proof of payment through email also to the RISE Centre.

You are welcome to contact us

Email: info@humanrightsandscience.se

Outcome

February 2021
Research management workshop by RISE Kenya

  • Data analysis group – Sofia
  • Research findings implementation group – Simon
  • Research grants proposal writing group – Maxwell

The respective coordinators will invite members to participate

  • WhatsApp chat groups for the participants
  • 10 Certificates

Output

Twenty participants signed up
Four coaches; Millicent, Moes, Elvis & Cecilia

Lessons learned

Weak internet connections hindered som participants from attending

Annual Training by HR&S Senior adviser
for Network members.

Training offered by Dr. Krisha MURTHY from India
HR&S Senior Expert Adviser.

Dr MURTHY offers a module of teaching RESEARCH METHODOLOGY developed to help a science/engineering student to get initiated into a scientific research path.

The module is developed into a interactive-participatory nature for training of students/Ph.D. scholars or even newly recruited teachers at professional degree/diploma level. 

The module is of 10 sessions, hours each, on-line or off-line mode.

Accreditation

Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Attendance

Delegates should be proficient in English.
Each open course attracts up to 40 participants.

Eligibility

Staff and students connected to scentific institutions.
Participants must have attended previous HR&S trainings and be active members of a network.

Date & venue

The webinars are given on demand.
 

Price & payment

The fee for attending one open workshop series is Euro 10 per participant.
Please, transfer the fee to HR&S RISE Centres different bank accounts before the commencement of the training. Send proof of payment through email also to the RISE Centre. 

You are welcome to contact us

Email: info@humanrightsandscience.se

tailor-made Trainings

Our trainings are structured around on-line webinars managed from HR&S Sweden.

Our tailor-made trainings are designed according to the request by the customer. Among the different options are:

  1. The training can address  research management or laboratory management, or both.
  2. The training can be in the format of seminars, or workshops or both.
  3. It may start  with an introduction at an HR&S RISE Centre and end with presentation by each participant at the HR&S RISE Centres, or one of these options or none.
  4. It can contain a certain amount of information combined with a test, and then generate a certificate for the participansts that manage the requirements.
  5. It can be held condenced during one week, or be spread out over a period of maximum three months.
  6. The number of webinars can range between five up to twenty. Each shall be one, two, three or four hours. Participants receives homework to be addresses in-between the online sessions.

Accreditation

Upon successful completion of the training and individual presentation, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Attendance

Delegates should be proficient in English.
Each course preferably attracts around 20 participants.

Eligibility

Staff and students connected to scentific institutions.

Venue

The workshops will be held online and possibly on-site at our HR&S RISE Centres.

Price & payment

The cost for one series of tailor-made training is agreed on from case to case. The institution pays on average Euro 5,000 for ten hour training.

You are welcome to contact us

Email: info@humanrightsandscience.se

Workshop reports

May, 2020
Report by Millicent SIFUNA

Workshop Summary
This report provides a short summary of the recent workshop hosted jointly by HR&S Sweden and HR&S RISE Support Centre Kenya. The workshop was held online by HR&S RISE Support Centre Kenya and was attended by early career researchers and postgraduate students from Kenya.  HR&S coaches from various member countries were also in attendance. The workshop’s aim was to support scientific institutions and researchers in the generation, dissemination, and implementation of scientific findings. A participant centered approach was used because the researchers were in a better position to identify existing weakness, strengths and the need for  change. Participants were invited to plan an overview presentation outlining their goals and challenges, as well as a strategy for addressing them. The workshop focused on the necessary conditions required to bring about change; the ambitions and related challenges were compiled. Strategies for addressing the challenges were agreed on and different activities were compiled that are projected to lead to an expected impact. The participants thus covered a spectrum of the HR&S Strategy for Change (SfC) and advisory areas. At the end of the training participants developed a strategy for change drawn from individual commitments to implement the training for a change. This report has been prepared for circulation to participants but is also intended as a resource for those interested in the workshop content but were unable to attend.

Background
Human Rights & Science Research Management in Africa brings together scientific researchers, scientific institution management, users of scientific findings, innovators and social entrepreneurs from Sub-Sahara Africa for lectures and discussions with the aim of providing opportunities for them to bring positive change and development. Research management consists of any action that an institution can take to improve the effectiveness of its researchers, but which is not part of the research process itself.  Africa faces some of the world’s most pressing health and development issues, but its scientific  capacity is insufficient to address them. We agree that research should operate in an atmosphere that encourages researchers to concentrate on their work. This is only made possible by organizations with good research management. Then, using our SfC tool, we develop systemic methods to further develop research management systems in these areas, building on existing initiatives. We strongly believe that in order for these efforts to be meaningful and sustainable, they should be driven by organizations in these regions. But we also want our efforts to be collaborative, putting together best practices and experience from around the world. We hope that research agencies, funding organizations, and individual research managers from all over the world will be interested in joining us.

Objectives
The overall purpose of the workshop was to support scientific researchers and institutions with generating, disseminating and implementing scientific findings. Also forge closer collaborative links among researchers and provide space to engage with peers to discuss challenges, share ideas and capture lessons learned. The specific objectives were to:
• Explore options for raising our ambitions and profile as a group, and agree an action plan for the research development in Kenya.
• Adopt the HR&S Strategy for change tool (SfC) in plan implementation for institutions and individual researchers.

Date and venue The training workshop took place 26-29th March 2020 online (zoom).
Training team
The workshop training was delivered by Cecelia OMAN, the CEO HR&S Sweden. She was helped by HR&S coaches from different countries. The team leaders from Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda were present.
Agenda
The training team agreed on a draft agenda prior to the training-workshop, which was approved by the participants.
Participants
The training workshop was attended by twenty (20) participants. This were early career researchers and postgraduate students from three different Universities; The University of Nairobi, Jomo
Kenyatta University of Science and technology, and University of Eldoret Kenya. The list of  participants is attached as annex 4. Each participant introduced himself/herself. Ground rules were set, expectations by participants and those from participants were shared. Workshop schedule were shared. An assessment of participant’s ambitions and challenges were shared.  These formed a major part of the training.
The training- Workshop
Ms. Millicent SIFUNA, team leader Kenya opened the session by welcoming the participants, asking participants and trainers to introduce themselves, and establishing the ground rules. She clearly outlined the expectations from the workshop. The organization of the workshop she said,  resulted from the concerted desire of the HR&S to engage in capacity building and improvement
in research infrastructure across institutions. The workshop was also intended to facilitate interactions among participants. Participants were requested to ask any questions and outline their expectations from the workshop. Describing the methodology to be used for this session, she noted that the current workshop has been structured around evaluation planning. Evaluation planning, she said ‘describes how we monitor and evaluate the way we address our activities, as well as how we intend to use evaluation results for activity improvement and decision making. Participants introduced themselves and described briefly their current responsibilities and expectations from the workshop. The workshop was conducted in English. Cecilia ÖMAN, proceeded with introducing the Strategy for Change (SfC) to participants. She introduced the session by talking about change. She continued with introducing different elements of the strategy for change. Each participant was able to outline his/her challenges and ambitions. These were discussed in interactive sessions.

Evaluation of the training
Lastly, each participant was asked to evaluate the training session and the details are in annex 1. The aim of evaluation was to get participants views on training and their recommendations for future trainings. There were 4 questions in which question 1 asked participants to provide impact of the training while as question 2 asked participants to cite limitations of the training and question 3 asked for changes that could be adopted for similar trainings in future. Question 4 asked participants to rate the training. Ten evaluation reports were collected at the end of the training. Based on the responses from various questions, participants stated the following strength of the training;
• Most `participants stated that the methodology was very interactive with a lot of practicum which enabled full participation and grasping of the content. They stated that the approach was an “eye-opener” on their shortfalls. The reflection encouraged them to apply what they had learnt.
• Various participants also mentioned that it was great networking with other participants.
• The lectures and group discussions were at par.
• Some echoed that the workshop helped them to get clearer guidelines on how to plan and carry out a research project.
Although most respondents stated that the workshop was conducted well, however, there were some challenges which constituted to the weakness attributable to the training. Some participants
expressed dissatisfaction in the sense that;
• The number of participants could have been more. It would be interesting if HR&S increases the number of participants so that more people can benefit from such an eyeopening workshop.
• Participants should have been involved in deciding the best time that suits them. Participants were asked to suggest changes that could be in cooperated in the future when  conducting similar trainings. The following were some of the suggestions that;
• The number of training hours per day should be reduced and days increased to ensure thorough delivery of the content.
Challenges, Some participants had serious network issues thus could not attend throughout.
Conclusion
The programme was well appreciated. Most participants had never attended such type of training. Participants were enthusiastic to put what they had learnt in practice. Certificate of attendance was
awarded to each participant who managed 10-hour training and presented SfC.
Recommendation
Participants indicated the following as some of the general workshop recommendations:
• Need for more workshops.
• Perhaps 2hrs per day workshop would have been good.
• More speakers. The workshop could have involved more than one guest to guide the participants through the topics of discussion that the participants could gain more than one point of view of explanation.
Maybe we could have more facilators.

ANNEX 1: Evaluation form

  1. What was most effective to you about the workshop?
  2. What was least effective to you about the workshop?
  3. Any suggestions for change you would like about the current workshop?
  4. Overall, how would you rate the workshop?  Excellent, Very good, Good, Fair, Poor.

ANNEX 2: Research Management workshop schedule

Programme

Date

Time

One hour introduction with HR&S RISE Uganda

Tuesday, 23rd Feb.

6.00-7.00 p.m.

Nine-hour online training with HR&S Sweden (3 days)

Wednesday, 24th Feb.

4.00-7.00 p.m.

Thursday, 25th 

4.00-7.00 p.m.

Friday, 26th                        

2.00-5.00 p.m.

One hour examination with HR&S Kenya

Friday, 26th

6.00-7.00 p.m.

Workshop evaluation

Friday, 26th

7.00-7:10 pm

Distribution of certificates (via email)

 

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