GCRF: RECAP - Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics

Lead Research Organisation: London Sch of Hygiene and Trop Medicine
Department Name: Public Health and Policy

Abstract

RECAP will focus on acute and protracted humanitarian crises related to armed conflict, natural disasters, forced migration, and epidemics. Humanitarian crises and their impact on health and related sectors can pose major obstacles to international development and the achieving the SDGs. Effective decision-making by humanitarian actors is essential in humanitarian response. Accurate and timely information and evidence is essential in achieving effective decision-making. For example, through setting evidence-based standards and performance measurement against those standards, assessing needs and effectiveness in meeting those needs, ensuring value for money, and supporting accountability to recipients of humanitarian programmes and those programmes. Yet current interventions are impeded by limited data, capacity, guidance, and ethical preparedness with consequent implications for accountability. Work on protection is central to supporting accountability through seeking to ensure authorities and other humanitarian actors respect their obligations and the rights of individuals and vulnerable populations.

RECAP's vision is to strengthen research capacity and capability to generate knowledge on how to improve decision-making and accountability to help support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises. RECAP will focus on the sectors of health and protection through overlapping research and capacity building activities. For the research, there are 6 interconnected, interdisciplinary research Objectives/work-packages. These research objectives will also act as platforms for capacity building through applied research methods training. The capacity building activities will be realised through 4 capacity building Objectives on: training on specific research methods linked to the RECAP research; building institutional capacity for a sustainable and supportive research environment; supporting individual researcher capability and career progression; and building UK capability in multi-disciplinary research on health and protection in humanitarian crises. It will be a four year programme.

RECAP's strategy to grow research capacity and capability is to establish a unique network of leading academic and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on health and protection in the context of humanitarian crises. RECAP will be led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and includes the University of Sierra Leone (USL), the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) in London University, Oxford University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). NGOs are the front line actors in humanitarian preparedness and response and so are vital to RECAP. The RECAP NGO partners are Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Save the Children UK, and BRAC. They will assist through logistics, technical and other forms of support in the RECAP countries.

RECAP will use a hub-and-spoke model; with hubs of the UK, Sierra Leone, and Lebanon for capacity building and research; and spokes of further research sites in NGO partner programmes in ODA countries affected by humanitarian crises (most likely to be Myanmar, South Sudan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, subject to security and logistical issues).

The expected outcomes of RECAP will be: strengthened research capacity and capability among university and NGO partners; the development of a new research network through regional hubs of research and training excellence in the UK, Sierra Leone and Lebanon; research and capacity-building outputs (including open access software platforms and research and training guidelines); and impact through contributions to humanitarian guidelines, programmes and policies. These will strengthen decision-making and accountability in humanitarian crises to improve health, protection and broader development outcomes.

Planned Impact

Humanitarian crises and their influence on health, protection and related sectors pose major obstacles to international development and the achieving the SDGs. Accurate and timely information and evidence is essential in achieving effective decision-making. For example, through setting evidence-based standards and performance measurement against those standards, assessing needs and effectiveness in meeting those needs, ensuring value for money, and supporting accountability to recipients of humanitarian programmes and those commissioning and funding those programmes. Yet current humanitarian decision-making and programmes are impeded by limited data, evidence, capacity, guidance, and ethical preparedness. The RECAP programme seeks to address these challenges through strengthening research capacity and capability to improve decision-making and accountability to help support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises.

RECAP's capacity building, research, and activities to promote pathways to impact, would be expected to have impact through: improved capacity to obtain and use evidence and information; leading to improved decision-making, services and accountability; resulting in improved humanitarian outcomes for crisis-affected populations living in ODA countries and so supporting progress towards the SDGs. This following stakeholders would be expected to be positively impacted by RECAP.

1. Individuals and communities affected by humanitarian crises would benefit through improved humanitarian services, activities and accountability, which would lead to improved health, protection and related development outcomes (e.g. economic benefits among crisis-affected individuals through improved productivity and earnings and reduced health care expenditure).

2. RECAP universities would be positively impacted through: the development of new networks and the sharing of new ideas, approaches, methods and skills; the capacity building of individual researchers; institutional-level capacity building seeking to embed sustainable research capacity; and through developing links with NGO partners to foster better understanding of each other's' priorities, approaches and challenges (see also Academic Beneficiaries).

3. NGO researchers, data managers and decision-makers would benefit from the strengthened research, knowledge, information and decision-making capacity. The findings will also help support development of improved metrics and guidelines to improve the effectiveness of NGO activities. The ethics-related work in RECAP would also support more ethically-informed responses to the complex ethical dilemmas inherent in NGO operational activities in humanitarian crises.

4. Local government staff will also benefit from improved information and knowledge to inform effective-decision-making. They will also be involved in some of the applied methods training which would support their research and decision-making capacity.

5. Humanitarian funding and policy-making agencies (e.g. UN agencies) and governments would benefit from: improved information on the performance of operational agencies and the health and protection sectors more broadly; strengthened accountability mechanisms and information; strengthened metrics and guidelines to improve performance measurement; and improved ability to support equitable and efficient programmes (e.g. through the work on cost-effectiveness and other economic analyses).

The impact of RECAP will extend beyond the immediate programme beneficiaries and country sites. The variety of geographic locations and intended generalisability of many of the research and capacity building activities will benefit a broad range of settings affected by humanitarian crises. We will also publically share the capacity building materials for the methods training and institutional capacity building support to maximise their global reach and escalate their benefits.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description A number of systematic reviews have been completed by the various work packages (published or under review). Fieldwork is taking place in all RECAP work packages in countries including Bangladesh, Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Haiti and Colombia. As suggested in the guidance, we have limited this section to a few selected key findings emerging from our work (with some different ones added to those included in the 2019 Research Fish submission).

The first set of selected findings relate to Work Package 5a (health accountability). They stem from anthropological research on reintegration of former child soldiers in northern Uganda. The findings from the research suggest that implementing best-practice guidelines for relocating displaced children with their immediate relatives has had negative consequences related to abuse because of their past. This has raised a number of questions about accountability within psychosocial and rehabilitation humanitarian activities in northern Uganda. The first paper from this work was recently published in the Journal of Refugee Studies. It has also led to high-level discussions with key agencies in Uganda and the region (ongoing).

There has also been a considerable amount of work on accountability (work packages 5a and 5b) more broadly through literature reviews (drafted) and book chapters (published) related to accountability in the health and protection sectors. These have been accompanied by a series of seminars and conferences involving RECAP partners Refugee Law Initiative, LSE, and LSHTM.

The second set of findings relate to research on health financing and economic evaluation (work package 3). This includes a systematic review (published in the journal Health Policy and Planning) documenting the limited use of economic evaluation methods for health interventions in humanitarian crises. WP3 staff from LSHTM and the American University of Beirut (AUB) also examined financing for health responses for the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon. This included data analysis of aid flows and document and policy review. This highlighted trends and deficits in aid flows to Lebanon, difficulties in mobilising adequate funding which is having a critical impact on Syrian refugees' access to care and well-being in Lebanon, and key data and evidence gaps. This work has been published as a book chapter.

A third set of selected findings relate to epidemic modelling (Work Package 2) led by RECAP partners LSHTM and MSF. This applied new methods for real-time modelling to the Diphtheria outbreak among Rohingha refugees in Bangladesh using MSF data. The model generated reliable forecasts and helped support decision-making by MSF on operational aspects of the outbreak response, such as hospital bed and staff needs, and with advocacy for control measures. The findings showed that real-time modelling enabled feedback of key information about the potential scale of the epidemic, resource needs, and mechanisms of transmission to decision-makers at a time when this information was largely unknown. The findings have been published in BMC Medicine and presented at a number of conferences. The Work Package 2 team have also conducted work with MSF on the impact of mass vaccination campaigns on measles outbreaks in Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and are currently applying modelling methods to other epidemic outbreaks including Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and currently with Corona virus (globally). Findings are being shared with operational agencies and written up as academic papers and presentations.

A fourth set of findings, relates to work in Work Package 1 with partial funding from RECAP, and was on the development and implementation of statistical methods to improve estimation reliability of mortality from humanitarian crises. This was applied to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, with the findings estimating 382,000 excess deaths between December 2013 to April 2018, with half directly caused by violence. This is considerably higher than has previously been estimated. This has been written up as a paper (currently at second-stage review) and a report was launched in early October 2018. This received media coverage in over 800 news outlets, including the BBC, Washington Post, Retuers etc.

For above-mentioned publications, please see 'publications' section in Researchfish.
Exploitation Route The findings have already been taken forward and put to use by others. For example, the Ebola modelling work in DRC was used by the DRC Ministry of Health and the WHO and other key agencies to support disease control activities. Work Package 2's modelling work on the Diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh was applied in real-time by MSF to support their health service provision and bed allocation. The work on former child soldiers and accountability in northern Uganda has been discussed with key justice and humanitarian agencies in Uganda (ongoing). Please see 'publications' in Researchfish for further details.

The training activities and related materials and guidance have been used by participants from NGOs, universities, governments, donors, and UN agencies (please see capacity strengthening section in Researchfish).
Sectors Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/recap
 
Description The modelling work and training increased the efficiency and effectiveness of disease control activities and health responses. For example, the Ebola modelling work and training in DRC was used by the DRC Ministry of Health and the WHO and other key agencies to support disease control activities and plan resources required. The modelling work on the Diphtheria outbreak in Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh resulted in the modelling findings being applied in real-time by MSF to support their health service provision and bed allocation in their activities for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The tools and software that have been developed to support better use of metrics to improve understanding on the appropriateness and impact of humanitarian responses (Work Package One) will also help inform more responsive policy and decision-making by humanitarian actors. The training activities and related materials and guidance have been used by participants from NGOs, universities, governments, donors, and UN agencies. For example, the training course developed by Work Package One and delivered in Amsterdam (February 2020) will strengthen decision-making among NGO staff in humanitarian crises and so help improve the effectiveness of the response. For example, the training courses on use of evidence in decision-making (Beirut March 2019) and economic evaluation methods (Kampala March 2019) will support policy- and decision-making. University capacity has also been strengthened through the assessment reports conducted and implementation of the related action plans at AUB and the University of Sierra Leone. The new collaborations between universities has also strengthened responsiveness to engaging in humanitarian research and teaching (e.g. by LSHTM and the Refugee Law Initiative). The RECAP leadership programme at AUB and the University of Sierra Leone will also support early career researchers to develop their research careers, including in humanitarian response efforts. The project outputs and dissemination activities, including seminars and high-profile conferences, have also increased awareness and engagement on the issues addressed in RECAP among students, academic, policy-makers and the general public.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Beirut workshop at K2P/AUB on getting evidence into practice
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a three-day workshop funded by RECAP and a related GCRF impact accelerator grant in partnership with the Knowledge to Practice (K2P) programme at the American University of Beirut (AUB). It was held in March 2019 in Beirut. It sought to strengthen the use of evidence and getting into practice by humanitarian agencies. There were 20 Participants were from RECAP partner NGOs (e.g MSF, IRC, Save the Children) and RECAP university partners of AUB and the University of Sierra Leone, and and other GCRF projects (R4HC). Further description and course evaluation is available.
 
Description ESCAIDE 2018 2 days short course on introdution to outbreak response analytics using R (November 2018, Malta_
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a training workshop linked to ESCAIDE 2018. It strengthened capacity on outbreak response analytics using R. It was led by RECAP supported staff and took place on 19-20 November 2018, Malta. Participants were from NGOs and universities.
URL https://www.escaide.eu/en
 
Description Introduction to outbreak response analytics using R with WHO Afro (Bénin, December 2018)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a training course delivered by RECAP staff entitled 'Introduction to outbreak response analytics using R'. It was conducted WHO Afro on 10-14 December 2018 in Cotonou, Bénin. The training package was designed to help fill a need identified by epidemiologists and public health decision-makers at WHO AFRO. Recipients were WHO staff (approx. 25).
 
Description Introduction to spatial analysis in R at AUB in Beirut January 2019
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a RECAP workshop delivered by LSHTM RECAP staff entitled 'Introduction to spatial analysis in R' which took place on 17-18 January 2019 in Beirut. Participants were from AUB, the University of Sierra Leone, BRAC (Uganda), and Save the Children. Knowledge, interest, and capacity were strengthened. Evaluation are available upon request.
 
Description Presentaiton at SAGE WHO on 'Benefits risk analysis of vaccination of pregnant women with rVSV-ZEBOV as part of expanded access programme 2018
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact This was a presentation on research conducted by John Edmunds and Chris Jarvis (RECAP) on the Benefits risk analysis of vaccination of pregnant women with rVSV-ZEBOV as part of expanded access programme led by SAGE WHO in Geneva. This is the high-level Vaccine Policy Advisory Committee at WHO. The work therefore directly influenced WHO Ebola vaccine policy in emergency settings.
URL https://www.who.int/immunization/sage/meetings/2018/october/presentations_background_docs/en/index1....
 
Description RECAP training workshop on economic evaluation of public health interventions (Kampala, March 2019)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a training workshop on economic evaluation of public health interventions (2.5 days) led by RECAP staff. There were 36 participants from NGOs and universities from Uganda and Sierra Leone. It strengthened knowledge and skills in economic evaluation, particularly cost-effectiveness analysis. Course evaluations were extremely positive (available upon request)
 
Description Training workshop for Colombia Child Protection Working Group on accountability and child protection
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This workshop improved capacity on participation and accountability with regards to child protection. It was conducted in March 2019 in Bogota with the Colombia Child Protection Working Group in relation to the Venezuela refugee response. Participants included representatives from UNCHR, War Child, IOM, UNICEF, SC and National Institute for Family Well-Being (ICBF).
 
Description Training workshop on public health decision making in humanitarian emergencies
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a two-stage training module developed by RECAP staff as a key output for RECAP. It was undertaken in collaboration with MSF and Save the Children UK and other NGO partners. It sought to strengthen the use of key public health information to improve decision-making by humanitarian agencies. Participants were operational and programming staff from MSF, Save the Children and other humanitarian NGOs. It was held in the Netherlands, with ongoing support by RECAP staff to the participants and follow-up workshops planned.
 
Description Training workshops on participation and accountability with Save the Children Colombia field offices (La Guajira and Tumaco)
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This activity consisted of three training workshops in March 2019 led by the Refugee Law Initiative to support their RECAP's work in Colombia. These workshops were designed to inform and engage with Save the Children staff to help shape staff approaches to child and youth participation in their humanitarian programme planning and activities. Participants were staff from the Save the Children Colombia field offices in La Guajira and Tumaco and their HQ in Bogota.
 
Description Work with MSF on modelling data to support real time decision-making for the diphtheria outbreak in Rohingha refugees in Bangladesh
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Work Package 2 modelling work provided real time data to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the Diphtheria outbreak in Rohingha refugees in Bangladesh. MSF used this data to support their health service provision and bed allocation in their activities for the Rohingha refugees in Bangladesh. This allowed for more appropriate and efficient responses by MSF to patients with diptheria.
 
Description Workshop on writing social science research papers
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This was a four-day workshop organised by by University of Sierra Leone, Njala University, LSHTM and LSE and the UK Rapid Support Team. It was held in Njala University in Sierra Leone in April 2019. Participants were principally post-graduate students from University of Sierra Leone and Njala University. Further details and course evaluations are available upon request.
 
Description GCRF Cluster seed funding awards
Amount £148,945 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T023619/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description GCRF Impact Accelerator Grant
Amount £39,166 (GBP)
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 04/2019
 
Description Collaboratio with Médecins Sans Frontières (Manson Unit) 
Organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaboration on research and capacity strengthening activities and support to increase and uptake of activities
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on research and capacity strengthening activities and support to increase and uptake of activities
Impact Delegates from MSF participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with BRAC 
Organisation BRAC Centre
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration is part of the RECAP project and will contribute to new reseach, capacity strengthening and impact activities.
Collaborator Contribution Support in developing plans for research, capacity strengthening, and impact.
Impact The lead person from BRAC participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with King's College London and their GCRF Grow funded projects 'R4HC' and 'PRECISE' 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The RECAP project is collaborating with the GCRF Grow funded 'R4HC' funded project led by King's College London as the R4HC project has capacity strengthening activities with the American University of Beirut (also a RECAP partner). Further details on R4HC can be found at https://r4hc-mena.org/ The RECAP project has collaborated with the GCRF Grow funded 'PRECISE' project as part of the leadership programme activities conducted with AREF (2018/2019). Further details can be found at https://precisenetwork.org/about/the-precise-network/
Collaborator Contribution R4HC: We have participated in joint-events and we have also published joint papers together (e..g on capacity strengthening needs). PRECISE: We collaborated to jointly organise and fund events/training related to the leadership programme we are running (organised by AREF).
Impact We have collaborated on a short blog related to our common theme of our work which is on humanitarian response (please see https://r4hc-mena.org/2018/09/12/joanne-liu-speaking-on-the-cost-of-fear-humanitarian-crises-in-the-age-of-anxiety-at-the-2018-pumphandle-lecture/ ). The main collaboration of joint capacity strenthening activities will take place in late 2018/early 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for capacity strengthening activities 
Organisation Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have contracted Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to support our capacity strengthening work on RECAP. This is to conduct a needs assessment on capacity needs at the American Univeristy of Beirut, in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the American University of Beirut. We are also collaborating with them by building on the capacity strengthening work they previously conducted with our RECAP partner the University of Sierra Leone. This collaboration utilises the expertise at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and builds new links between the different institutions.
Collaborator Contribution Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine will bring their expertise and experience on capacity strengthening work to the project, including their previous work with the University of Sierra Leone.
Impact This activities are planned to commence in October 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Nuffield Department of Population Health at Oxford University 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Nuffield Department of Population Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration on research and capacity strengthening activities
Collaborator Contribution Technical input for research and capacity strengthening activities
Impact Delegates from Oxford participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Save the Children UK 
Organisation Save the Children
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration is part of the RECAP project and will contribute to new reseach, capacity strengthening and impact activities
Collaborator Contribution Developing research, capacity strengthening plans, and impact plans
Impact Delegates from Save the Children participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) for leadership programme 
Organisation Africa Research Excellence Fund
Country Gambia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution RECAP will be collaborating with the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) and involves two other GCRF projects (PRECISE and CAN) to run the 'Towards Leadership' capacity strengthening programme. This is a blended learning programme that seeks to support postdoctoral researchers through four face-to-face workshops over one year (starting 2019), covering the following modules: The Effective Researcher; the Researcher as Leader; the Researcher as Manager; the Compelling Applicant (for grant income). The themes and work are embedded in the 'Vitae Researcher Development Framework' which is widely used in higher education in the UK and elsewhere. RECAP management staff have supported the design and running of the leadership programme, including organising a workshop in Nairobi (October 2019). Three staff from the University of Sierra Leone are enrolled in the programme and attended the first workshop in Johannesburg in February 2019 and will attend two further workshops scheduled for 2019.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration is led by AREF, with involvement from RECAP and two other GCRF projects (PRECISE and CAN) and our respective university partners.
Impact The first research leadership workshop was held in Johannesburg in February 2019. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary as the projects address a broad range of science and public health disciplines.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the American University of Beirut 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Department Faculty of Health Sciences
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration is part of the RECAP project and will contribute to new reseach, capacity strengthening and impact activities.
Collaborator Contribution Support in developing plans for research, capacity strengthening, and impact.
Impact A visit took place in November 2017 by the RECAP PI (Bayard Roberts) and capacity strengthening Co-I (Hazel McCullough) to Beirut to discuss with collaboration and joint project activities with the American University of Beirut. The ToR and report are available on request. Delegates from the American University of Beirut participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the International Rescue Committee 
Organisation International Rescue Committee
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This collaboration is part of the RECAP project and will contribute to new reseach, capacity strengthening and impact activities.
Collaborator Contribution Support in developing plans for research, capacity strengthening, and impact.
Impact Delegates from IRC participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the LSE 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Department Department of International Development
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration is part of the RECAP project and will contribute to new reseach, capacity strengthening and impact activities. Support in developing plans for research, capacity strengthening, and impact.
Collaborator Contribution Support in developing plans for research, capacity strengthening, and impact.
Impact Book chapter in a book edited by our partner at the LSE (Professor Tim Allen). The book reference is:Roberts B. Accountability, in Allen T (Ed). Humanitarianism: A Dictionary of Concepts. Routledge. 2018. Delegates from LSE also participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request. In addition, LSHTM staff directly collaborating with LSE have been made honorary LSHTM staff.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the Refugee Law Initiative (School of Advanced Study, University of London) 
Organisation University of London
Department Refugee Law Initiative
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration is part of the RECAP project and will contribute to new reseach, capacity strengthening and impact activities.
Collaborator Contribution Support in developing plans for research, capacity strengthening, and impact.
Impact Delegates from the Refugee Law Inititative participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018. Presentation slides are available on request.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the UK Rapid Support Team 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Public Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution There are a number of potentially beneficial links for research and particularly capacity strengthening between RECAP and the UK's Rapid Support Team which can be deployed to tackle outbreaks of disease anywhere in the world within 48 hours (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-team-of-health-experts-to-tackle-global-disease-outbreaks).
Collaborator Contribution We have held discussions in London and Sierra Leone to develop joint activities to maximise our impact. These will be further developed into specific joint activities. We have also included the Deputy Director of the UK's Rapid Support Team on the RECAP Advisory Committee.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with the University of Sierra Leone 
Organisation University of Sierra Leone
Country Sierra Leone 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration is part of the RECAP project and will contribute to new reseach, capacity strengthening and impact activities.
Collaborator Contribution Support in developing plans for research, capacity strengthening, and impact.
Impact A visit took place in January 2018 by the RECAP PI (Bayard Roberts) to Freetown to discuss with collaboration and joint project activities with the University of Sierra Leone. The ToR and report are available on request. The Co-I from the University of Sierra Leone participated and presented at the RECAP Kick-Off meeting in February 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description 100 Years of Save the Children - Conference at LSE 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a high-profile two-day conference organised by the LSE (RECAP's Tim Allen) in partnership with Save the Children to mark the centenary of Save the Children's foundation. It was partially supported by RECAP (with RECAP featuring in promotional materials etc).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/conference100
 
Description Benefits risk analysis of vaccination of pregnant women with rVSV-ZEBOV as part of expanded access programme 2018 at SAGE WHO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a presentation by John Edmunds and Chris Jarvis of RECAP to the WHO SAGE group. It was on the benefits risk analysis of vaccination of pregnant women with rVSV-ZEBOV as part of expanded access programme. WHO SAGE is the high-level Vaccine Policy Advisory Committee at WHO. The work therefore directly influenced WHO Ebola vaccine policy in emergency settings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.who.int/immunization/sage/meetings/2018/october/presentations_background_docs/en/index1....
 
Description Benefits risk analysis of vaccination of pregnant women with rVSV-ZEBOV as part of expanded access programme 2020. CEPI immunisation workshop. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a presentation at the CEPI international workshop. The work directly influenced researchers and practitioners working on vaccine development for outbreak-prone diseases in LIMCs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://cepi.net/
 
Description Conference by RLI on 'Revitalising the IDP Field: 20 Years of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a major symposium on internally displaced people organised by the RECAP partner the Refugee Law Initiative and held in London. It was attended by high-level delegates. It featured a number of presentations/session participated in by RECAP-supported staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://rli.sas.ac.uk/annual-conference/third-annual-conference/special-workshop-'revitalising-idp-r...
 
Description Forced migration: gaps in mental health research and accountability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a presentaton for a colloqium at Yale University on forced migraton (4 October 2018) and which referrred to the RECAP project and issues it seeks to address.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Health interventions in humanitarian crises - where is the health economics? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a presentation on 26 October 2017 to the Centre for Health Economics programme at York University (who hold another GCRF Grow cohort project). It was titled 'Health interventions in humanitarian crises - where is the health economics?' I included a number of slides on the RECAP project. After the presentations, I also had a meeting with the PI (Mark Sculpher) and staff from a GCRF Grow project held by the team there. The presentation and meeting helped to develop research ideas for the RECAP project and build connections with other GCRF projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IDPs and Public Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a presentation at a an event entitled 'Special Workshop: Revitalising IDP Research' organised by the Refugee Law Initiative (a RECAP parnter). It included slides on RECAP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://rli.sas.ac.uk/events/event/14942
 
Description Jombart T. vimes: an evidence synthesis approach for detecting outbreak clusters. 2018. IDD Cumbria, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on an evidence synthesis approach for detecting outbreak clusters at the Infectious Disease Dynamics Conference 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://iddconf.org/
 
Description Keynote presentation by Nada Abdelmagid at Conference on Health research in conflict and complex environment at the Royal Society of Medicine in London (March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a keynote presentation by Nada Abdelmagid of RECAP at Conference on Health research in conflict and complex environment at the Royal Society of Medicine in London (March 2019). Nada focused on her work in RECAP and also on capacity strengthening activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Outbreak response analytics: when are pathogen genomes useful? SMBE satellite meeting Kyoto, Japan. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at SMBE satellite meeting Kyoto, Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.smbepathogenworkshop.org/
 
Description Presentation at session on humanitarian health research for LSHTM week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a presentation on the RECAP project for a session on humanitarian health research held as part of the 'LSHTM week'. The audience consisted principally of academics from LSHTM and other research institutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation on Strengthening accountability in health sector responses to humanitarian crises and forced migration. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a key note presentation at the Heidelberg University Global Health Forum on 30 November 2017. Audience members included approximately 50 in person plus an online audinece. I included in the presentation a number of slides specifically on the RECAP project. This helped to rasie the profile of the project and the issues addressed in it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.klinikum.uni-heidelberg.de/fileadmin/inst_hygiene/parasitologie/Press/programm__Global_H...
 
Description Real-time analysis of the Diphtheria outbreak in forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh (MSF Scientific Day) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a presentaton at the Scientific Day Conference in London on 24 May 2018 organised by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK. The presentation related to the modelling work in Work Package 2 and presented the methods and findings from the work conducted in Work Package 2 on real-time analysis of the Diphtheria outbreak in forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.msf.org.uk/msf-scientific-days-2018-overview
 
Description Seminar Series on 'Humanitarian Accountability in Displacement Contexts' by Refugee Law Initiative 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is an ongoing series on humanitarian accountability run by the Refugee Law Initiative and supported by the RECAP project. The 2018/2019 series was successfully completed, and the 2020 series consists of:

Marc DuBois, independent humanitarian analyst and Senior Fellow at SOAS (29 January 2020)
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO, University of Oslo (26 February 2020)
Alice Obrecht, Senior Research Fellow at ALNAP (31 March 2020)
For further information, there are different weblinks for the different seminars, with one example given in the URL box below.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://rli.sas.ac.uk/events/event/21937
 
Description Short course on Outbreak analytics, satellite event of ESCAIDE 2019 , Stockholm, Sweden 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was short course on epidemic outbreak analytics which was a satellite event for the ESCAIDE conference in 2019 held in Stockholm, Sweden
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://recon-escaide-2019.netlify.com/
 
Description Short course on outbreak analytics using R at TEPHINET 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was short course on outbreak analytics using R software that was run as a satellite event of TEPHINET* conference in October 2019, Atlanta, USA.

*Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tephinet.org/events/10th-tephinet-global-scientific-conference
 
Description Title of Improving evidence-based decision-making and accountability in humanitarian response: Opportunities from the RECAP project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This was an event organised by the NGO Evidence Aid and was titled 'Improving evidence-based decision-making and accountability in humanitarian response: Opportunities from the RECAP project'. It was held on the 6th of November 2017 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It was a debate-type format on the role of evidence in humanitarian reseponse. Participants were me (PI of the RECAP project) and senior staff from the humanitarian NGOs Save the Children, ALNAP, and Evidence Aid. It was attended by approximately 150 people in-person plus online audiences. It involved a presentation by me on RECAP, and then structured questions from the Chair to the panel, and questions from the audience. The event provided a good opportunity to present the RECAP project and then discuss key issues addressed in RECAP. The audience were a mix of NGO practitioners, researchers, students and general public. The Q&A sessions raised valuable points that will be instructive to RECAP. It also provided good connections with relevant individuals and their organisations (e.g. with ALNAP).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/events/improving-evidence-based-decision-making-and-accountabilit...
 
Description UK Parliament launch of Practice guide on evidence use for humanitarian practitionners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This was an event in November 2018 to launch the 'Practice guide on evidence use for humanitarian practitioner's' which was in collaboration with EvidenceAid and partly supported by RECAP. it included a presentation by the RECAP PI (Bayard Roberts)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop on Real-Time Epidemic Analysis and Forecasting (American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Real-Time Epidemic Analysis and Forecasting Workshop organised at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct 2018. Organiser John Edmunds, Speakers included T Jombart and B Rao.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/#!/4692/session/87