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What is it?

The TDR Global Competency Framework for Research is a flexible framework which lists all the competencies that should be demonstrated by a research team to carry out a successful study. The framework can be applied to any research study, regardless of the size of the team, place, disease focus and type of research. Together with its supporting tools, the framework can be used to plan staffing requirements for a study, to carry out appraisals of staff, to guide career development, and to create educational curricula for research staff. 

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and researchers from The Global Health Network led the development of this framework, to bridge the lack of information about research roles, especially for those working in low and middle income countries (LMICs). It has been developed alongside experts and collaborators from around the world.

You can learn more about how and why the framework was created by reading the article here.

What are the parts of the framework, and how does it work?

The framework consists of several complementary parts, including the Competency Wheel (overview), Dictionary (explanation), and Grading System (flexible tool for assessment of competency level). You can use the interactive online version or download individual parts by clicking on the icons below.




What can I do?

You can use the framework in its current form for whatever you like: staff appraisals, assisting in your own career development, for planning the team you need for a new study, for creating a new training programme - anything you like. You can find all the tools you need on this area of Global Health Trials, please just make sure to referen1ce us! You will find a full explanation of how to use the different parts of the framework in the User Guide available here, or by clicking on the Download the How-To User Guide button above). 

 Any feedback on the framework is welcome, good or bad! Please email with your comments.