Early career scientists who were recommended by advisory board members or heads of their institutions were the focus of most of the IEARDA trainings.
To meet the time limitations of the IEARDA trainees, trainings consisted of short sessions (of one half day to three days) and creatively targeted 20-30 researchers per class.
The IEARDA trainings were designed to be very practical.
The second step in the strategy was to use a pool of experienced administrators through the members of the IEARDA Secretariat, advisory board, and the collaborating teaching staff and professors of MakCHS.
After each training, information such as trainee name, email address and job title would be added to the MU-JHU IEARDA listserv to disseminate funding opportunities.
A training evaluation form based on Kirkpatrick's four-level model (Foreman, 2008) for the evaluation of training and learning was designed to be used for IEARDA training sessions.
Prior to writing and winning the IEARDA grant, visitations and consultations were made to the participating institutions in order to make an assessment of the human resource, infrastructure and institutional needs for research and grant management.
The skills and networks obtained from the NIH residence training enhanced the PI's grantsmanship and capability to foresee the human resource, streamlining IEARDA activity plans, infrastructure and equipment needs of the partner institutions in order to effectively implement the IEARDA grant.
Figure 1 shows the operational conceptual framework approved for the IEARDA program, which exemplifies collaborations among partner institutions.
Strengthening the Research Training and Administrative Infrastructure of the ORD at IEARDA Partner Institutions
A full-time IEARDA program coordinator with the PI as the immediate supervisor within the overall framework of JCRC administration structure was recruited to form part of the secretariat.
In addition, the equipment for the ORD at MUST, UCU, Ndejje and the IEARDA secretariat office were procured and installed.