Too often when international researchers from the developed world leave the developing countries where research is being carried out, local researchers at the \"field sites\" are left with inadequate skills to carry out their own research or effectively use the resulting data. To create a mutually beneficial relationship, strengthen national research capacity, and promote evidence-based decision- making, Immpact, a global research initiative, made capacity strengthening its main objective in its three focus countries - Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Indonesia.
The key objectives of capacity strengthening for research institutions were to ensure organizational autonomy, enable country partners to generate evidence, and translate research findings for decision-makers. The key objectives for the ministries of health were to facilitate access to and use of information in different contexts, strengthen relationships with researchers, and enable the MOH to commission research.
Immpact A Comprehensive Strategy for Capacity StrengtheningThe Immpact Approach. University of Aberdeen, UK (2007) 2 pp.