Join us for a Twitter Chat on People-Centred Research Methods

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015

The Cape Town statement on People-Centred Health Systems suggests that as researchers we should: "Allow the experience of communities and health workers to be heard, through use of innovative research methods that engage and empower communities including participatory action research, photo-voice, simulations and games."

A variety of approaches are currently being used across the world. But we seldom get a chance to talk about their strengths, weaknesses and which model to adopt under what circumstances.

Join us for a Twitter chat where a panel of researchers working on health systems will explain what novel approaches they have taken, and the challenges and unanticipated consequences they have encountered in the research process and the gains that they think these methods have brought.

The how and when

The chat will take place on Thursday August 20th at 14.00 BST.

Follow along and join in the live discussion using the hashtag #HSR2015. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to Tweet your comments to @H_S_Global or @REACHOUT_Tweet using the event hashtag.

An edited summary of the Tweet chat will be published in a Storify post shortly after the session.

The Who

We are pleased to introduce our line up of wonderful panelists, including:

Lucy Gilson (University of Cape Town/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, South Africa/UK). Lucy is representing Resyst and will speak about their learning sites. You can learn more inthis video.

Edwine Barasa (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya). Edwine is also representing Resyst and will talk about their learning sites.

Kingsley Chikaphupha (REACH Trust, Malawi). King is a member of REACHOUT and will talk about their Quality Improvement Cycles and the work he has done with the SHARP project in South Sudan.

Joanna Raven (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK). Joanna will represent the PERFORM project which is working in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda using action research to improve health workforce performance. Read her blog on the topic here.

Valéry Ridde (University of Montreal, Canada; CIHR Applied Public Health Chairs). Valéry will talk about action research and program evaluation in West Africa. http://www.equitesante.org

Sarah Ssali (College of Humanities and Social Sciences Makarere University, Uganda). Sarah represents ReBUILD and RinGs and will talk about her work in Northern Uganda using life histories.Here is some more information on training she has delivered.

Miriam Taegtmeyer (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK). Miriam will represent REACHOUT and will bring insights on the Quality Improvement Cycle method that they have used to strengthen Community Health Worker programmes in six countries in Africa and Asia.