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Following success of its previous inter-university research methods trainings, the AfriChild Centre is flaring its third and final training by inviting Dr. Glynis Clacherty, a renowned child research expert based in South Africa to lead the training. Dr Glynis is a research associate at the University of Witwatersrand. She has conducted several child-focused researches including: ethical challenges of child participation in research; working with unaccompanied child research on developmental vulnerabilities and strengths of children living in child-headed households.

The training will be held at Uganda Christian University-Mukono starting Monday 21 January to Friday 1 February 2019. This workshop intends to strengthen capacity of university researchers to conduct rigorous child focused research and to equip them with innovative ways to disseminate research findings. Thirty participants from seven Ugandan universities will be trained. The seven universities are: Makerere, Gulu, Kyambogo, Muni, Uganda Christian University (UCU) - Mukono, Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)- Nkozi and Nsamizi Institute of Social Development.

Dr Glynis will equip participants with knowledge on presentation and dissemination of research findings. She will be supported by Prof. Fred Wabwire-Mangen, Prof. Peter-Ubomba Jaswa and Fr. Epiphany Picho.

The Africhild Centre will put forth data and information arising from the universities’ research studies, program evaluations and reviews to stimulate informed discussions and dialogue on policy and practice pertaining to children.

           
No  Name  Institution  Personal summary  Tel. contact  Email Address
1  Dr. Onen David  Makerere university  Senior educationist, experienced mentor, Child focused training, senior educational researcher  704944998 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2  Prof. Peter Ubomba-Jaswa  Uganda Christain University  Senior researcher specialized in demography, worked with international development agencies, experienced mentor and trainer 794770103 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3  Dr. Rosalinda Grace Namiiro Lubanga Nsamizi Institue for Social Development  Retired social and health researcher, experienced in child protection and epediomology, seasoned mentor and trainer 752935157 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
4 Dr. Ojiambo Deborah  Makerere university  Senior educationist specialized in psychology, passionate in research ethics, senior mentor and trainer 791950778 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
5 Dr. Odama K. Modest  Uganda Martyrs University  Senior educationist and researcher, experience in child focused research and experienced mentor and trainer 775430571 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6  Dr. Ejuu Godfrey   Kyambogo University Child development expert, seasoned researcher and educationist with experience in mentorship and training 773147577/712831939 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
7 Dr. Christine Oryema  Gulu University Senior educationist with vast experience in conducting scientific research, mentorship and training. Brings experience from both practice and academia 772541072 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8 Rev.Fr.Dr. Epiphany Odubuker Picho Muni University  Senior educationist, management scientist, experienced child focused researcher, trainer and mentor. Brings expertise working with the top academic institutions locally and internationally.  772467112 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
9  Prof.  Fred Wabwire  Mangen  Makerere university  Veteran reseacher in child health and demography, educationist and practitioner, brings experience working with leading international research institutions, senior mentor and trainer 772732206 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
10 Prof. Anne Katahoire Makerere University Seasoned reseacher in child health and anthropology, educationist and practitioner, brings experience working with leading national and international research institutions, senior mentor and trainer 772723729 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Year1: 1st April 2017-March 31st 2018

1st Training (Jan 2018)

2 weeks training

  • Week1: Research methods training
  • Week2: Grants writing
  • End of week2: Call for proposals sent out, Due dates and other timelines will be set
  • Review meeting
  • Mid year1: Online sessions

Key outcomes

  • 2-3 paged statement of intent developed by participants
  • Vetting of statements of intent, best short listed for full proposal development.

Year2: (July-August 2018)

  • Continuation of module2 (Grant writing2).
  • This should be more intense, more practical oriented.
  • Another call for proposals will be sent out at the end of year2 (1 internal and 1 external)
  • Candidates with approved proposals to conduct research in year2
  • Participants to start dissemination of their research studies at the end of year2

Key Outcome

  • Full proposal presented by the shortlisted candidates
  • Research findings disseminated

Year3 (Jan 2019)

Module3: Data management and Analysis

  • Week1: Data analysis

Module4: Scholarly writing and dissemination

  • Week2: Publication

External calls (AfriChild to respond)

Key Outcomes

  • Publications from research conducted in year2
  • Research findings disseminated (Dissemination workshops and policy briefs)
  • AfriChild Grant awarded

Review Meetings

Year1

  • Review meeting with expert trainers- April, 2018
  • Review meeting with mentors and expert trainers- April, 2018

Year2

  • Review meetings with expert trainers October, 2018
  • Review meetings with expert trainers and mentors October, 2018

Year3

  • Review meeting with expert trainers- April, 2019
  • Review meeting with mentors and expert trainers- April, 2019

Between January 22 – February 2, 2018, the Centre for the Study of the African Child (AfriChild) trained 40 university staff from seven Ugandan universities on tenants of child-focused research and grants writing.

The participating universities were: Makerere; Kyambogo; Gulu; Muni; Uganda Christian University; Uganda Martyrs University and Nsamizi Training Institute.

The training, held at Uganda Christian University was conducted by four renowned academic researchers: Prof. Fred Wabwire-Mangen (MUSPH); Rev. Fr. Dr. Odubuker Picho Epiphany (Muni University); Prof. Anne Katahoire (Makerere University) and Prof. Peter Ubomba-Jaswa (UCU-Mukono).

According to Mathew Amollo, the research manager at AfriChild Centre, the objective of the training was to build capacities of university staff in conducting participatory child focused research.

“When we conducted a training needs assessment, findings revealed that university faculties have a partial, disciplinary-shaped perspective on child focused research,” he said.

Thus, this training was initiated to refine university researchers’ knowledge on approaches to research ethics, data analysis and interpretation of findings when implementing projects focusing on children.RevFrDrPichoEpiphanyfromMuniUniversityengagesProfFredWabwireMangenfromMakerereUniversity

 TRAINING CONTENT

 The training was loaded with different topics including ethics in research; models of child  involvement in research; research paradigms and grants writing among others.

While doing research with children, Dr Deborah Odjiambo, a mentor from Makerere University, urged participants to consider ethics such as seeking informed consent; respecting children’s privacy and being mindful not to expose children to issues beyond their comprehension ability.

Rev. Dr. Epiphany Picho drew participants’ attention to common mistakes while developing the statement of the problem and literature review. These include: being repetitive and verbose; lack of organization and structure and monotony of a starting point.

The training also comprised of a grants writing component led by Prof. Wabwire-Mangen. He taught participants basics of grants writing and advance preparations before writing a grant. When preparing to submit a grant to a potential funder, he urged researchers to know the potential funder well; write the problem statement and select persons who will review the proposals before submission.

“As a way forward, there must be a line budget for research in every university. As researchers, you need to position yourselves as resource mobilizers,” Prof Wabwire-Mangen urged the trainees.

On its part, the AfriChild Centre is set to provide small research grants to these university researchers after they have submitted proposals.

WHY CHILD FOCUSED RESEARCH NOW

A paradigm shift is happening in the world of research. Ugandan researchers are moving away from conducting research on children to doing research with children. Simply put, doing research with children engages children as architects of the research rather than just being researched on. Children constitute a significant proportion of our communities and the natural way to obtain information about them is to do work with them as researchers and informants.

“Child-focused research is vital for understanding children’s lives and ensuring that they participate in issues that affect them,” Prof Katahoire said.

In his closing remarks at the end of the training, Prof. Peter Ubomba urged the AfriChild Centre to create avenues where academics interface with policy makers.

POLICY PRIORITIES
RESOURCES
RESEARCH

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