Research Prioritisation Training & Stakeholder Analysis Conducted in Odisha

An important objective of the India Research Initiative on Human-Animal-Environment Interface is to equip researchers with skill sets to enable them fulfil information needs of policymakers, providing customised solutions for local problems, while establishing a cohort of skilled researchers.

PHFI/RCZI, in collaboration with the KIIT School of Public Health, Bhubaneshwar and KIIT School of Biotechnology, Bhubaneshwar organised a training programme on “Research priority setting for prevention and control of zoonoses in Odisha” in September 2015, providing researchers with capacity and skills to undertake systematic research priority setting in addition to establishing better understanding of local knowledge gaps.

The training was attended by 12 researchers related to KIIT School of Public Health. A field-based stakeholder analysis was undertaken to identify stakeholders associated with peri-urban smallholder dairy farms. They belonged to micro-level (policies and legislations, like dairy farmers, farm labourers) and meso level (involved in enacting, formulating and implementing policies or solutions at state level, like District Vet Officers, Deans or Heads of Institutions, Union leaders, Administrators).

The training methodology was based on the modified Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) method which was adopted by RCZI in the first-of-its-kind effort in 2010-11 to identify a prioritised strategic research agenda in India (Sekar, Shah, Abbas, & Kakkar, 2011). A mix of didactic theoretical and interactive discussions sessions and hands-on tasks were used to provide researchers with in-depth understanding of the process. The training workshop served as a precursor to the physical exercise of research priority setting aimed at providing valuable insights into local contexts and issues related to public health needs of Odisha, especially in prevention and control of zoonoses. for more updates click here.

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2. Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative. A new approach for systematic priority setting in child health research investment. (Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative, 2006).

3.Institute of Medicine. Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response. (The National Academies Press, 2003).

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