Institutional capacity-strengthening for research: lessons from the CIRCLE ISP

Tune in to discover findings from the final evaluation of the CIRCLE Institutional Strengthening Programme (ISP) and key lessons for researcher development and research capacity-strengthening.

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29 Jul 2021
13:00-14:30 (UTC)

What will the webinar cover?

Colleagues across the ACU membership are invited to join this webinar hosted by Dr Vicki Doyle and Ema Kelly of Capacity Development International (CDI), who will be presenting and discussing key findings from their independent review of the CIRCLE institutional strengthening programme (ISP).

Webinar participants will discover programme learning and recommendations for future institutional strengthening activities under the FCDO's broader Climate and Resilience Framework Programme (CLARE). Questions, comments, and reflections will also be encouraged via the chat function and a live Q&A session.

What is the ISP?

The Institutional Strengthening Programme forms part of the Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) programme funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (UK FCDO).

From 2015-20, the ISP supported 31 institutions across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance professional development support for early career academic staff, and develop stronger institutional frameworks for quality research. The ISP was managed by the ACU in partnership with Vitae UK.

Who should attend?

This event is free and open for all to attend.

We particularly encourage attendance from CIRCLE participants, as well as senior and mid-career academics across the ACU membership, who are interested in supporting researcher development and research capacity-strengthening at their institutions.

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Dr Vicki Doyle, Co-Director, Capacity Development International (CDI)

Vicki has more than 25 years’ experience of working in research, education, management and consultancy.  She has designed, delivered and evaluated health projects and programmes for community, district, regional and national health systems in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America working with government, UN agencies, global health partnerships, research institutions, consultancy companies and NGOs.  Her research and consultancy work in health systems strengthening, quality improvement in health care, strategic planning, capacity development and evaluation has resulted in contributing to global guidance and national strategy documents, policy briefs, training manuals and journal articles.  Vicki is also an honorary fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine working closely with the Centre for Capacity Research and the Community Health Systems Group and she regularly contributes to LSTM’s teaching and education portfolio.



Ema Kelly, Co-Director, Capacity Development International (CDI) 

Ema has 25 years’ experience working in public and global health. In the last nine years she has focused on developing and implementing complex evaluations, strategy, toolkits, resources, research and development proposals and think pieces for a wide range of research, development and humanitarian actors. Her ability to think conceptually and use systems thinking to understand the interactions between the technical and management aspects of organisations and programmes has resulted in unique contributions to the design of robust organisational strategies and evaluations.  Ema has managed consultancies and multi-million-pound health programmes predominantly in Africa heading up multi-disciplinary teams managing programmes up to a value of £29 million.

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