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dc.contributor.authorTripathy, Jaya Prasad
dc.contributor.authorKumar, Ajay MV
dc.contributor.authorGuillerm, Nathalie
dc.contributor.authorBerger, Selma Dar
dc.contributor.authorBissell, Karen
dc.contributor.authorReid, Anthony
dc.contributor.authorZachariah, Rony
dc.contributor.authorRamsay, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorHarries, Anthony D
dc.identifier.citationTripathy , J P , Kumar , A MV , Guillerm , N , Berger , S D , Bissell , K , Reid , A , Zachariah , R , Ramsay , A & Harries , A D 2018 , ' Does the Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) continue to influence health policy and/or practice? ' , Global Health Action , vol. 11 , no. 1 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 255427519
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: b5a1270c-476a-4a22-b77e-350f737e5038
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:CF436E9A9D324605B564D9CCC36B3CF3
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85051232364
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000440966200001
dc.description.abstractBackground: The Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) is a successful model of integrated operational research and capacity building with about 90% of participants completing the training and publishing in scientific journals. Objective: The study aims at assessing the influence of research papers from six SORT IT courses conducted between April 2014 and January 2015 on policy and/or practice. Methods: This was a cross-sectional mixed-method study involving e-mail based, self-administered questionnaires sent to course participants coupled with telephone/Skype/in-person responses from participants, senior facilitators and local co-authors of course papers. A descriptive content analysis was performed to generate themes. Results: Of 71 participants, 67 (94%) completed the course. A total of 67 papers (original research) were submitted for publication, of which 61 (91%) were published or were in press at the censor date (31 December 2016). Among the 67 eligible participants, 65 (97%) responded to the questionnaire. Of the latter, 43 (66%) research papers were self-reported to have contributed to a change in policy and/or practice by the course participants: 38 to a change in government policy or practice (26 at the national level, six at the subnational level and six at the local/hospital level); four to a change in organisational policy or practice; and one study fostered global policy development. Conclusion: Nearly two-thirds of SORT IT course papers contributed to a change in policy and/or practice as reported by the participants. Identifying the actual linkage of research to policy/practice change requires more robust methodology, in-depth assessment and independent validation of the reported change with all concerned stakeholders.
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dc.rights© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.subjectOperational researchen
dc.subjectThe Unionen
dc.subjectMédecins Sans Frontières;en
dc.subjectSORT ITen
dc.subjectRA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicineen
dc.subjectLC Special aspects of educationen
dc.titleDoes the Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative (SORT IT) continue to influence health policy and/or practice?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Medicineen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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