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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

Capacity Building Projects

Beyond educational programming, IGTC also builds capacity locally and around the world with capacity building projects that evaluate, guide and support tobacco control education, advocacy and implementation. Recent examples of our capacity building projects include: 

International Research Networks

IGTC supports various research networks internationally, namely the Bangladesh Tobacco Control Research Network and the Indonesia Tobacco Control Research Network. These networks bring researchers from across the country together, and offer seed grants to undertake tobacco control policy research. 

Epidemiology and Intervention Research for Tobacco Control in China

This Fogarty-funded project aimed to develop a method to evaluate the strength of tobacco control in seven provincial offices of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and to improve tobacco control capabilities through province-specific interventions. Interventions were selected based on the specific needs of the provincial office and focused on policy advocacy, media advocacy and creating smoke-free public places.

Capacity building efforts included the building of coordinated networks and linkages between the national CDC’s tobacco control programs, provincial/local CDCs, other relevant national and provincial organizations and academic institutions; as well as the implementation of distance-based education tools.

Pfizer's Global Health Partnerships (GHP) Initiative

As part of Pfizer's GHP Initiative, IGTC offered specialized capacity building training and assistance in the areas of monitoring and evaluation to 31 grantee organizations involved in cancer and tobacco control in 46 countries.

Capacity building efforts included customized trainings, tools and one-on-one support by senior evaluators to help each organization improve the implementation, measurement and evaluation of their programs. The program’s evaluation team, led by Dr. Frances Stillman, worked individually with each partner to identify model and sustainable cancer and tobacco control programs. The goal of this effort was to build each partner’s expertise in evaluation, identify its impacts related to cancer-related outcomes, and document them along with recommendations of promising models which may be explored by others in the future. With stronger evaluation capacities and systems in place, organizations are able to increase the effectiveness of their work and long-term impacts.

This project produced the following manuals, publications and other useful tools. 

Reduce Smoking in Vietnam Partnership (RSVP)

The Reduce Smoking in Vietnam Partnership (RSVP) was a research, policy and capacity building project conducted in collaboration with the Vietnam Committee for Smoking and Health of the Ministry of Health (VINACOSH). This project was funded by Atlantic Philanthropies.

The overall goal of the project was to change the social nor­m around tobacco use in order to reduce its perceived acceptability and to build capacity for relevant ministries and tobacco control agencies (both local and civil societies) within Vietnam to effectively conduct, monitor and advocate for tobacco control programs.

Through VINACOSH, the venture coordinated tobacco control projects and trainings with a wide range of stakeholders, including the ministries of health, finance, trade, education and information and culture, as well the Women’s Union and health and medical associations.

Read the guide and toolkit Establishment of smoke-free hospitals.