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Research capacity strengthening is the process of exchanging skills, knowledge, expertise, tools, and processes or systems to improve and expand abilities, competencies, and approaches needed to effectively build, share, and use evidence and knowledge to understand, respond to, and prevent violence against women and violence against children. Learn more about this topic by reading the resources provided on this page.

Hawcroft, C., Rossi, E., Tilouche, N., d’Oliveira, A. F., & Bacchus, L. J. (2023). Engaging early career researchers in a global health research capacity-strengthening programme: a qualitative study. Health Research Policy and Systems, 21(1), 19. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-022-00949-5
Perier, C., Nasinghe, E., Charles, I., Ssetaba, L. J., Ahyong, V., Bangs, D., Beatty, P. R., Czudnochowski, N., Diallo, A., Dugan, E., Fabius, J. M., Fong Baker, H., Gardner, J., Isaacs, S., Joanah, B., Kalantar, K., Kateete, D., Knight, M., Krasilnikov, M., … Schaletzky, J. (2022). Workshop-based learning and networking: a scalable model for research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries. Global Health Action, 15(1), 2062175. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2022.2062175
Mirzoev, T., Topp, S. M., Afifi, R. A., Fadlallah, R., Obi, F. A., & Gilson, L. (2022). Conceptual framework for systemic capacity strengthening for health policy and systems research. BMJ Global Health, 7(8), e009764. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2022-009764
Aiyenigba, A., Abomo, P., Wiltgen Georgi, N., Bates, I., & Pulford, J. (2022). Enabling research capacity strengthening within a consortium context: a qualitative study. BMJ Global Health, 7(6), e008763. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2022-008763
Keynejad, R. C., Bentley, A., Bhatia, U., Nalwadda, O., Mekonnen, F. D., Ali, P. A., & McGarry, J. (2021). Research, education and capacity building priorities for violence, abuse and mental health in low- and middle-income countries: an international qualitative survey. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-021-02061-5
Adanu, R., Bahamondes, L., Brizuela, V., Gitau, E., Kouanda, S., Lumbiganon, P., Nguyen, T. T. H., Saleem, S., Thorson, A., & Torpey, K. (2020). Strengthening research capacity through regional partners: the HRP Alliance at the World Health Organization. Reproductive Health, 17(1), 131. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-020-00965-0
Raising Voices, & SVRI. (2020). Learning together: A guide for feminist practice in violence against women and girls research collaborations. Raising Voices. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2020-10-08/Learning%20together%20brief.pdf
Raising Voices, & SVRI. (2020). Aprendiendo juntas y juntos: Una guía para la práctica feminista en las colaboraciones de investigación sobre la violencia contra mujeres y niños. Raising Voices. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2020-12-17/learning%20together_spanish_0.pdf
Willan, S., Kerr-Wilson, A., Parke, A., & Gibbs, A. (2019). A study on capacity development in the “What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women” programme. Development in Practice, 29(6), 786–797. https://doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2019.1615410
Bowsher, G., Papamichail, A., El Achi, N., Ekzayez, A., Roberts, B., Sullivan, R., & Patel, P. (2019). A narrative review of health research capacity strengthening in low and middle-income countries: lessons for conflict-affected areas. Globalization and Health, 15(1), 23. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-019-0465-y
Izugbara, C. O., Kabiru, C. W., Amendah, D., Dimbuene, Z. T., Donfouet, H. P. P., Atake, E.-H., Ingabire, M.-G., Maluka, S., Mumah, J. N., Mwau, M., Ndinya, M., Ngure, K., Sidze, E. M., Sossa, C., Soura, A., & Ezeh, A. C. (2017). “It takes more than a fellowship program”: reflections on capacity strengthening for health systems research in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 17(Suppl 2), 696. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2638-9
Dartnall, E., & Gevers, A. (2017). Harnessing the power of South-South partnerships to build capacity for the prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence. African Safety Promotion Journal, 15(1). http://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2017-06-26/Harnessing%20the%20power%20of%20South_Dartnall%20et%20al_0.pdf
Kabra, R., Castillo, M., Melián, M., Ali, M., Say, L., & Gulmezoglu, A. M. (2017). Research capacity strengthening for sexual and reproductive health: a case study from Latin America. Reproductive Health, 14(1), 35. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-016-0222-0
SVRI. (2017). The power of partnerships – working together to achieve more. SVRI. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2017-07-21/SVRI_SB_Partnerships_LR.pdf
Gevers, A., & Namy, S. (2016). SVRI Forum 2015 pre-conference workshop reflections: Building and sustaining fruitful partnerships between activists and researchers. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-04-08/BuildingFruitfulPartnerships%20SVRI%20Forum%202015%20pre-conference%20workshop.pdf
Mugabo, L., Rouleau, D., Odhiambo, J., Nisingizwe, M. P., Amoroso, C., Barebwanuwe, P., Warugaba, C., Habumugisha, L., & Hedt-Gauthier, B. L. (2015). Approaches and impact of non-academic research capacity strengthening training models in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. Health Research Policy and Systems, 13, 30. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-015-0017-8
Dartnall, E., & Gevers, A. (2015). Briefing Paper: Building capacity for SIPV primary prevention research and intervention development in Sub-Saharan Africa - Lessons learned. SVRI. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-04-13/LessonsLearnedBuildingResearchCapacity.pdf
Wadhwaniya, S., Meddings, D., Gururaj, G., Ozanne-Smith, J., Ameratunga, S., & Hyder, A. A. (2015). E-mentoring for violence and injury prevention: early lessons from a global programme. Global Public Health, 10(4), 501–519. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2014.1001766
Dartnall, E., & Gevers, A. (2015). Building capacity for SIPV primary prevention research and intervention development in Sub-Saharan Africa - Lessons Learned [Briefing paper]. SVRI. http://svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2015-12-02/Building%20capacity%20for%20SIPV%20primary%20prevention%20research%20and%20intervention%20development%20in%20Sub-Saharan%20Africa%20-%20Lessons%20Learned.pdf
Ndebele, P., Wassenaar, D., Benatar, S., Fleischer, T., Kruger, M., Adebamowo, C., Kass, N., Hyder, A. A., & Meslin, E. M. (2014). Research ethics capacity building in Sub-Saharan Africa: a review of NIH Fogarty-funded programs 2000–2012. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE, 9(2), 24–40. https://doi.org/10.1525/jer.2014.9.2.24
Bates, I., Boyd, A., Smith, H., & Cole, D. C. (2014). A practical and systematic approach to organisational capacity strengthening for research in the health sector in Africa. Health Research Policy and Systems, 12, 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/1478-4505-12-11
Chu, K. M., Jayaraman, S., Kyamanywa, P., & Ntakiyiruta, G. (2014). Building research capacity in Africa: equity and global health collaborations. PLoS Medicine, 11(3), e1001612. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001612
Murray, L. K., Dorsey, S., Bolton, P., Jordans, M. J., Rahman, A., Bass, J., & Verdeli, H. (2011). Building capacity in mental health interventions in low resource countries: an apprenticeship model for training local providers. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 5(1), 30. https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-5-30
Bates, I., Taegtmeyer, M., Squire, S. B., Ansong, D., Nhlema-Simwaka, B., Baba, A., & Theobald, S. (2011). Indicators of sustainable capacity building for health research: analysis of four African case studies. Health Research Policy and Systems, 9, 14. https://doi.org/10.1186/1478-4505-9-14
Airhihenbuwa, C. O., Shisana, O., Zungu, N., BeLue, R., Makofani, D. M., Shefer, T., Smith, E., & Simbayi, L. (2011). Research capacity building: a US-South African partnership. Global Health Promotion, 18(2), 27–35. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757975911404745
SVRI, & SAMRC. (2009). Zimbabwe training report: African regional training Programme for care and support of sexual assault survivors. Management of sexual violence workshop. Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Zimbabwe. http://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-03-17/Zimbabwe%20Training%20Report.pdf
Dartnall, E., Makhosane, M., Loots, L., & Jewkes, R. (2009). African regional training programme for care and support of sexual assault survivors, Training report. Sexual Violence Research Initiative. http://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-01-19/africantraining.pdf
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