Union Courses

Operational Research

Operational Research

The Union and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been offering operational research courses since 2009. In July 2012, The Union and MSF joined forces with the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Geneva to form an initiative called the Structured Operational Research and Training IniTiative SORT IT. The overarching goal of SORT IT is to improve health care delivery and public health through operational research. The Union also has a global operational research fellowship programme which nurtures and trains promising individuals in implementing relevant operational research, so that in turn they become inspiring implementers, leaders and teachers in operational research.  An operational research alumni network has been set up to foster research dissemination among research alumni.

SORT IT course description

The SORT IT programme offers an intensive course in operational research that consists of three six-day modules spaced out over nine to 12 months. The aim is to help participants develop the practical skills for conducting and publishing operational research. In Module 1, participants work with facilitators to develop their own research protocol with due attention to ethics. In Module 2, they learn about electronic quality-assured data capture and analysis using open and free access software (EpiData). They return to their countries and work stations and collect data. They then return for Module 3, with data collected and analysed, and learn how to write their own scientific paper, which is submitted within four weeks to an international or national peer-reviewed journal.
The training format includes lectures, break-out mentor groups and plenary sessions where participants present their work (protocols and papers in progress) to the whole group and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators. Milestones must be achieved to remain in the course.

In addition to the in-person trainings listed below, the SORT IT course is now available through a series of video lectures.

For queries about courses in Luxembourg and Ethiopia, contact Marie-Nathalie Houba at marie.houba@luxembourg.msf.org
For queries about all other courses, contact cor-courses@theunion.org

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