Setting Global Research Priorities for Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM): Results from a CHNRI (Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative) Exercise

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

integrated community case management

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

While research priorities have previously been developed and published by the Global CCM Operations Research Group (CCM ORG), the development of these priorities was constrained because the advisors were global level iCCM experts and the research priorities were not systematically evaluated. Thus, we applied the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative's (CHNRI) method to identify and systematically evaluate research priorities for iCCM. The CHNRI method has identified research gaps and resource priorities in a variety of contexts, including global childhood diarrhoea, birth asphyxia and childhood pneumonia.To our knowledge, this is the first use of CHNRI to identify research gaps and resource priorities for a delivery strategy rather than an illness.

What was the objective?

to systematically identify global research gaps and resource priorities for integrated community case management

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 20 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CHNRI approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: defining context and evaluation criteria. Step 2: collecting questions: experts submitted 366 research questions. Step 3: data processing: questions combined with those previously generated by the CCM ORG, questions then thematically organized and discussed, similar questions combined, advisory group rated each question, 61 questions with above average ratings moved forward. Step 4: scoring research questions: experts were asked to score each question along criteria. Step 5: weighting: decision to weight all criteria equally

Which stakeholders took part?

International organizations, ministries of health within low- and middle-income countries, academia and non-governmental organizations. Step 2: 75 participants. Step 4: 75 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The project team asked for members of the CCM ORG to nominate experts for participation in the exercise. Experts who were referred from others the project team invited to participate. In total, the project team invited 127 experts in iCCM to generate research questions.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders not only participated but were also actively involved in the research prioritization process: They were part of an advisory board. The advisory board consisted of 8 members. The members finalized scoring criteria, selected final list of research questions, assisted in execution of exercise.