Objectives and Achievements of COR

Objectives of the Centre for Operational Research (COR):

  • To promote and advocate for OR and build capacity of public health professionals around the world in conducting and publishing OR through
    • SORT IT (Structured Operational Research Training IniTiative) Courses
    • Short courses in specific skills such as data entry, data analysis, Literature Search, Electronic Reference Management etc.
    • OR Fellowship Programme
    • Workshops and Symposia in the conferences
  • To build strategic partnerships with organisations already engaged in OR, such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), World Health Organization’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR) and other international organisations to maximise the benefits of the above approaches
  • To evaluate and track the long term influence of capacity building initiatives
  • To evaluate and track the influence of OR and strategic information in changing policy and practice

Achievements by 31 December 2016

  • A total of 38 SORT IT courses have been conducted and 435 participants from ~80 countries have been trained in OR.
  • A total of 153 participants from India and Myanmar have been trained in the short courses
  • 13 OR fellows appointed in Malawi, Zimbabwe (2), Benin, Kenya, Vietnam, Myanmar (5) and India (2) and a further 11 OR fellows at MSF who are also part-supported
  • There have been 762 scientific publications (560 original research articles, 167 viewpoints or review articles and 35 book chapters and other documents) as a result of the above mentioned initiatives.
  • Collaborations have been established with other international institutions and agencies, such as the World Health Organization, WHO Special Programme for Tropical Diseases and Research (TDR), MSF, UNAIDS, International AIDS Society, World Diabetes Foundation, the European Union and the UK Parliament.
  • An intensive independent evaluation conducted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) described COR and the SORT IT courses as highly effective, setting the standard for operational research capacity building.