Perspectives on Evaluating Global Health Research for Development: A Background Paper

Taking stock of current practice and ways to improve it

July 2014 – Within the growing and evolving field of Global Health Research for Development (GHR4D), there is concern particularly among funding agencies, that robust, efficient and relevant evaluation strategies for this field are not readily available. A commissioned 14-week study was undertaken by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) to identify and highlight current approaches, practices and challenges in the experience of funding agencies and funded researchers. Information was obtained through interviews and surveys. Supplemental insights were gleaned from document reviews of both peer- reviewed and non peer-reviewed literature.

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This background paper was commissioned by Canada’s Global Health Research Initiative in collaboration with ESSENCE on Health Research.

The CCGHR team would like to express our sincere thanks to the participants of the GHRI- ESSENCE workshop on Perspectives on Evaluating Global Health Research for Development, held in Ottawa on June 2 & 3, 2014, for their insightful and thoughtful comments on an earlier version of this document.