Training within CEBHA+
Within CEBHA+, thus far two workshops have aimed to develop capacity of those working directly on CEBHA+ research activities: an integrated knowledge translation (IKT) workshop and a teaching evidence-based healthcare (EBHC) workshop.
This three day workshop from 31 October - 2 November 2018, was based on a pre-existing workshop offered at Stellenbosch University. It focused on understanding knowledge translation and its role in the research to policy process. More specifically, the workshop focused on identifying and mapping important stakeholders, as well as designing, planning, implementing and evaluating an IKT strategy in the CEBHA+ context. In total, 13 CEBHA+ staff members attended the workshop, representing all African CEBHA+ partner institutions and one of two German partner institutions.
This workshop highlights the interconnected nature of the various CEBHA+ work packages: both developing capacity and involving policy-makers in the research process through IKT are central to the CEBHA+ philosophy. Feedback on the workshop was positive, with participants enjoying the interactive and practical nature of the workshop, and recognizing the relevance for the CEBHA+ project.
"Thanks for a great workshop! Very timely and relevant to the CEBHA+ project. It was very good that members from all CEBHA+ sites participated"
Teaching EBHC workshop
From June 24 - 31 October 2019, members from each CEBHA+ partner participated in the Teaching Evidence-based Healthcare (EBHC) short course, offered at Stellenbosch University. The aim of this course was to enable participants to develop an understanding of the fundamental theory relating to teaching and learning in an adult learning context, and to apply that theory in an authentic EBHC teaching context. This was a blended course comprising online learning and a face-to-face contact session. As part of online learning, participants engaged in discussions, created their on Wiki on methods of instruction to facilitate learning and completed self-assessments. The face-to-face contact session was held in Cape Town from 26-29 August 2019. During these sessions, we used interactive exercises to consolidate concepts already encountered during online learning, and to afford participants the opportunity to experience various methods used when teaching EBHC.
Participants went back to their home institutions to plan, implement and evaluate a teaching session on EBHC as part of the final assessment for the course. It was great to see some of the participants join the CEBHA+ Evidence-based Public Health workshop as facilitators in Rwanda in September 2019, to put into action what they had learned. Indeed, we envisage that CEBHA+ members that attended the course will be well-equipped to run the EBHC training at their home institutions.