Research management workshops
Empowering the next generation of
successful scientific researchers
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.
- 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.
- Upon successful completion of the training and individual presentation, participants will be issued with a certificate.
Increased number of:
- Approved research grant application.
- Submitted manuscripts approved for publication.
- Implemented research findings.
- Income to the researchers and the university through consultancy.
- Well functioning computers & internet.
- Scientific literature.
- Well-functioning advanced scientific equipment.
- The scientific method.
- Litterature reviews.
- Scientific supervision.
- Scientific writing.
- State-of-the-art knowledge.
- Seeking research grants.
- Developing and submitting manuscripts for publication.
- Dissemination of results to the non-scientific community.
Strengthening institutional capacity
- Strategy for change.
- Sustainable economy.
- Stakeholder analysis.
- Evaluation planning.
- Service and maintenance of scientific equipment..
Sharing about Practical strategies
- Ethical and management principles.
- Trust, transparency, and accountability.
- Cross-cultural understanding.
- Real-time outcome planning and evaluation.
- Physical infrastructure, financial support, coaching.
- Testing the strength of scientific evidence for impact.
- RISE Support Centres
- Investment capital loans
- Accountability management
- Branding & Public relations
- Social enterprise management
- 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.
Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be issued with a certificate.
Delegates should be proficient in English.
Each open course attracts 20 participants.
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.
HR&S RISE Centre Kenya bank account (0570273000299-Equity bank).
You are welcome to contact us
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
Twenty participants signed up
Four coaches; Millicent, Moes, Elvis & Cecilia
Weak internet connections hindered som participants from attending
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:
- The training can address research management or laboratory management, or both.
- The training can be in the format of seminars, or workshops or both.
- 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.
- It can contain a certain amount of information combined with a test, and then generate a certificate for the participansts that manage the requirements.
- It can be held condenced during one week, or be spread out over a period of maximum three months.
- 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.
Upon successful completion of the training and individual presentation, participants will be issued with a certificate.
Delegates should be proficient in English.
Each course preferably attracts around 20 participants.
Staff and students connected to scentific institutions.
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
Report by Millicent SIFUNA
The workshop was 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. Different HR&S coaches from different member countries also attended. The purpose of the workshop was to support scientific institutions and scientific researchers with generating, disseminating and implementing 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 prepare an overview presentation describing their ambitions, challenges and draft a strategy on how to address them.
The workshop focused on the necessary conditions required to bring about change; the ambitions and related challenges are compiled. Strategies for addressing the challenges were agreed on and different activities were agreed upon 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.
The 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.
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 Worlds greatest health and developmental challenges, but their research capacity is not yet sufficient to meet them. We believe research should operate in a supportive environment that allows them to focus on research. Strong research management in institutions enables this. We build on the management systems already put in place by institutions. We then develop systematic approaches through our SfC tool to further develop research management structures in these areas, building on existing initiatives.
We strongly believe that these initiatives should be led by organisations in these regions in order to make them relevant and sustainable. But we also want effort to be cooperative, bringing together international good practice and expertise. We hope that research institutions, funding bodies and individual research managers from across the World will want to join us.
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 23-26 February 2020 online (zoom).
The workshop training was delivered by Cecilia ÖMAN, 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.
The training team agreed on a draft agenda prior to the training-workshop, which was approved by the 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. 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
M.Sc. 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 OMAN, 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 their challenges and ambitions. Which 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 eye-opening 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.
Some participants had serious network issues thus could not attend throughout.
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.
Participants indicated the following as some of the general workshop recommendations:
- Need for more workshops.
- A little short; 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
- What was most effective to you about the workshop?
- What was least effective to you about the workshop?
- Any suggestions for change you would like about the current workshop?
- Overall, how would you rate the workshop? Excellent, Very good, Good, Fair, Poor.
ANNEX 2: Research Management workshop schedule
One hour introduction with HR&S RISE Uganda
Tuesday, 23rd Feb.
Nine-hour online training with HR&S Sweden (3 days)
Wednesday, 24th Feb.
One hour examination with HR&S Kenya
Distribution of certificates (via email)