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What is the Collaboration Laboratory?
The Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) project aims to better understand how to create and sustain respectful, mutually beneficial partnerships that will strengthen global health practice. One element of this work involves pairing academic institutions in order to develop, test, and codify best practices for successful, sustainable partnerships. STAR’s strategic approach to studying these partnerships is called the Collaboration Laboratory.

Paired academic institutions joining the Collaboration Laboratory receive grant funds and a facilitated learning experience while they work together on a project to solve a problem or generate new knowledge in global health. Eligible partnerships include one U.S. and one overseas-based academic institution, or two overseas academic institutions (from different countries/regions). The Collaboration Laboratory is made possible through funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Announcing the 2019-2020 Collaboration Laboratory Awardees!
Thank you to the more than 100 global academic institutions who applied to STAR’s Collaboration Laboratory. Please join us in congratulating the following four pairs of institutions that will receive USD $15,000 toward the completion of their projects set to begin in October.

1. Valley View University (Accra, Ghana) + Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya) ​

Project Title: A Cross-Institutional Collaboration Approach to Curriculum Design and Implementation
Valley View University and Kenyatta University each submitted individual applications and were subsequently paired during the selection process. Valley View University and Kenyatta University will identify effective mechanisms and conditions for a successful cross-institutional collaborative approach to curriculum design and implementation. They will undertake a systematic and objective evaluation of the curriculum design process and provide genuine opportunities for high quality instruction and improved student learning.

2. Uganda Martyrs University (Kampala, Uganda) + University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) ​

Strengthening Research Infrastructure and Collaboration in Palliative Care
University of Notre Dame and Uganda Martyrs University are working with Palliative Care Association of Uganda and the Uganda Ministry of Health to develop and support an information management system for a palliative care surveillance project. Exchange visits between partners will enable partners to advance the project and have face-to-face research paper planning and writing. These visits will also allow the exchange of online research materials, mentorship, guidance, and other resources between the universities. A research workshop will be held in Uganda to identify palliative care research priorities and to strengthen research skills among faculty and students. Improvements will be made in the network infrastructure at Uganda Martyrs University which will greatly improve network speeds and online services that support the collaboration. These network enhancements will improve real-time communication to facilitate more collaboration between faculty at the two institutions, as well as enhance access to online research resources for both Uganda-based researchers and visiting researchers from collaborating partners.

3. University of Saint Francis Xavier (Sucre, Bolivia) + Touro University of California (California, USA)

A Partnership to Establish an Institutional Review Board in Bolivia University of Saint Francis Xavier and Touro University of California envision institutionalizing a functioning and well-organized IRB Committee within the University of Saint Francis Xavier in Bolivia. By the end of the project, they aim to have an officially approved IRB Committee with accepted policies, procedures and trained members who meet monthly to review scientific research protocols. The trainings will include a review of ethical principles and internationally accepted scientific and regulatory standards in order to protect research participants. The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), including topics on plagiarism and authorship, will also be discussed during the conference and trainings.

4. Kathmandu University, School of Medical Sciences (Kathmandu, Nepal) + Medical College of Wisconsin (Wisconsin, USA) ​

Emergency Medicine Protocol Development and Implementation Through Simulation in Nepal This partnership aims to improve the quality of emergency medical care and patient safety in the Emergency Department of the School of Medicine at Kathmandu University. The institutions will develop evidence-based protocols for local settings for the treatment of emergency conditions and design a high-quality and sustainable simulation-based medical training program. They will also identify any latent safety threats in the Emergency Department and remediate them for patient safety and quality improvement.

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