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 (started in 2013) and the Indonesia Tobacco Control Research Network (started in 2012). The institute collaborated with the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) and the Muhammadiyah Tobacco Control Center (MTCC) at the University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia to build these networks, which bring researchers from across the country together and offer seed grants to undertake tobacco control policy research.
The specific objectives were to:
- Enhance the localized evidence base in Bangladesh and Indonesia
- Develop a self-sustaining network as a forum for tobacco control researchers to exchange ideas, share research findings, generate new tobacco control research and utilize their findings to strengthen the implementation of existing tobacco control policies and advocate for more stringent tobacco control policies where needed
To date more than 70 researchers (including both established and graduate student researchers) have been awarded seed research grants in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Following each grant cycle, the research findings are disseminated through a scientific conference. Government representatives, members of the research community, local partners, media and representatives of various tobacco control NGOs were invited take part in panel discussions following presentations by the researchers.
In Bangladesh, the research network is expected to be an independent, fully functioning research entity by 2017.
- Read about the 2016 Bangladesh Research Findings Dissemination Conference
- See a video from the 2015 Indonesia Research Findings Dissemination Conference
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.