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Development and evaluation of a capacity building program in gender-relevant tobacco control research: A Brazilian experience

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Community-Based Research | Health Services Research | Public Health Education and Promotion


INTRODUCTION: There is an increased need for capacity building of researchers and professionals in low- and middle-income countries with evidence-based approaches across the tobacco control continuum, particularly with regard to gender-relevant strategies. We describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Career Development and Research Training Program (CDRTP) in tobacco control.

METHODS: The CDRTP is organized into two modules: Module I is open to the public and provides an overview of tobacco control; Module II, consists of a one-year program with multi-mode sessions toward the development of a pilot research project. Activities are implemented through co-learning to facilitate cross-fertilization of knowledge, collaborations, and team science.

RESULTS: Between 2010 and 2015, 255 individuals participated in Module I with 57 applying for Module II's selective process. Out of these, 35 were selected, 29 completed the program (83%), 21 submitted pilot research projects that have undergone review, and 16 were approved for funding. Pre- and post-tests among the 29 participants who completed the training indicated improvement in scholars' perceived knowledge and skills on all of the components.

CONCLUSION: In addition to attracting researchers and professionals who have not been working in tobacco control, the capacity building program has promoted knowledge, skills, and confidence among participants to pursue gender-relevant tobacco control research.


Capacity building, Tobacco control, Women

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Eval Program Plann. 2018 Feb 2;68:1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.01.010. Link to article on publisher's site

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Evaluation and program planning

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