Global Health Trials Levels of Membership
Would you like to be part of the team that contributes to and oversees Global Health Trials?
This is the opportunity for you to become involved in Global Health Trials, wherever you are. Global Health Trials is a community of researchers, and it's run by a community of researchers too - from across the world. We need people to join the virtual team by contributing their experiences, knowledge, and resources. This could be helping create online activities and materials, or running events in your local area. We would love to hear from you, wherever you are. You could become a senior contributor, expert committee member, or regional faculty member/lead. Read the options below, then email email@example.com, explaining how you would like to be involved.
Global Health Trials has revised its levels of membership as of January 2016 to encourage greater participation and a more active cadre of enthusiastic participators with a relevant level of expertise. All roles will work with the project manager (that is, the coordinator of Global Health Trials).
The aim is that the senior contributors, regional faculty groups and expert committees can work together to ensure the local relevance and quality of information provided on Global Health Trials.
All activities are intended to build local research capacity and be low cost, low-time, and high impact. Global Health Trials is very open to new ideas, so if you would like to try something which is not included on the lists below, please do let us know.
Individuals need to contribute to at least Senior Contributor level to qualify as Regional faculty coordinators, and at least two members are required to form a Regional Faculty.
Individuals who are uncontactable after a period of six months will be considered to have resigned.
Individual users – ways of getting involved:
- Initiate relevant discussions and contribute to other discussions with relevant advice
- Share relevant events, conferences etc
- Share a template or research tool
- Post a blog
- Post your site on Site-Finder
- Fill in complete Professional Membership Scheme
Senior Contributor – as above, plus:
- Share one or more relevant, approved guidance article(s) about study methodology (e.g. monitoring, retention etc)
- Conduct a seminar at your site
- Respond helpfully to discussions on Global Health Trials, or initiate new discussions
- Encourage other members’ participation (e.g. assisting friends to join network)
Expert Contributor – as above, plus:
- Submit multiple relevant guidance articles and/or templates
- Provide expert advice to others’ questions
- Organise events (e.g. expert panel online, seminars, workshops)
- Develop local support for Global Health Trials, for example assisting others to take eLearning courses, sign up to SiteFinder, etc
- Contribute eLearning material
- Act as an Expert or Peer Reviewer for articles or eLearning
Regional Faculties – strategies for moving up the levels:
- Organisation of limited local events (e.g. lunchtime seminars; local newsletter)
- Limited strategic plan for continuation of regional faculty
- Organisation of some local events (e.g. workshops, seminars) and local dissemination of information about Global Health Trials
- Conduct activities to improve local capacity via Global Health Trials, e.g. using the eLearning courses to conduct a blended learning scheme, mentoring others, encouraging local sites to use SiteFinder, Process Map etc
- Strategic plan for continuation of faculty
- Assist local staff in using Professional Membership Scheme to track career development
- Clear efforts to find innovative ways to increase research capacity locally.
- Create and update blogs about initiatives at your site; for example a new recruitment strategy you are trialling, a new community engagement programme, etc.
- Organisation of multiple local events
- Group becomes a known local hub for research advice
- Provides content for eLearning courses, webinars, etc.
- Group makes clear, well planned efforts to conduct local capacity building, for example blended learning, regular events, regularly submitting articles or sharing advice online
- Clear plan for sustainability (e.g. group tries to find own funding for its activities)
- Conducts research about local research capacity (e.g. where are the gaps and how can we fill them).
If you have any questions about how to get involved, just get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org.