Welcome to Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement Through Ethics Review.Drawing directly from national and international guidelines, the course provides a condensed overview of core features and practices of ‘engaged’ research and how these can be highlighted through the ethics review process. While the course draws on lessons and examples learned from HIV prevention research, the content can be applied to all biomedical research.
What an expert has to say
“Stakeholder engagement has become an indispensable part of HIV prevention trials including any large trials addressing issues of public health importance. The course on Strengthening Engagement Through Ethics Review is a “must do” for any REC members who review HIV prevention protocols, for investigators engaging in HIV prevention trials as well as for any other stakeholders with an interest in HIV prevention research. While the course focuses on strengthening stakeholder engagement through ethical review, it addresses the subject from various angles, thereby making it relevant for various stakeholders. The course addresses why it is important to engage, who needs to be engaged, how can they be engaged, how can researchers plan for engaging stakeholders, and ultimately how can RECs assist in strengthening stakeholder engagement. Being an individual who has been involved in HIV prevention research over the past years, I am happy that at last, we have a resource that addresses this topic of importance. The course uses an interactive approach and includes cases, scenarios and thought provoking questions that one is expected to address as they proceed with the course. I highly recommend the course to investigators, new and existing members of research ethics committees, advocates, community advisory board members and anyone with an interest in HIV prevention research.”- Paul Ndebele PhD, Senior Research Regulatory Specialist, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University