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GPP Online Training Course

Research excellence through stakeholder engagement

The Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Online Training Course provides community engagement coordinators or managers, advocates working with communities, and research implementers a foundational knowledge of the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Guidelines and a deeper understanding of how to build sustainable relationships with community and broader stakeholders.

The course was developed in close collaboration with the Center for Learning & Innovation at the San Francisco Department of Public Health advised by an international curriculum development team.

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AVAC is pleased to announce the next GPP course offering!

New to this offering, one of the modules focuses on the value of stakeholder engagement in clinical trials in the context of an emerging epidemic or pandemic, such as COVID-19 or Ebola. The course draws from lessons learned from various infectious disease areas, the rollout of new interventions, and COVID-19 research to date. Insights from these efforts will be used to foster participants’ capacity to develop quick and responsive stakeholder engagement in research and beyond.

Participants will benefit from a combination of interactive online modules, video webinars, written assignments, discussion forums, and a suite of specially curated resources. Learners will customize the course topics and resources that meet their needs. Global GPP experts will discuss high-impact models of engagement and help synthesize theory into easy-to-understand actionable steps. Participants will spend 2-4 hours per week on the course, culminating in a GPP action plan that aligns with their specific work and role in the field.

The course will run from September 6 through November 19, 2021. There is no fee to apply or enroll.

Click here to apply. Applications and supporting materials must be received by August 31, 2021.

How learners benefit
  • Deepened understanding of the guidelines and their utility in biomedical HIV prevention research
  • Application of GPP to real world challenges and context
  • Strengthened strategies for identification, prioritization and engagement of key stakeholders
  • Development of a comprehensive stakeholder engagement plan
Course features
  • Experienced faculty who provide hands-on mentoring and technical assistance
  • Interactive and customized content for learners
  • Multiple approaches for learning and communication, including online discussion forum, webinars and individualized feedback from faculty
  • Self-paced learning over a 11-week period, with an average requirement of 2-4 hours per week
GPP and the Online Course get rave reviews!

Good participatory practice (GPP) has produced a massive change in the way we conduct clinical trials, and engage with communities. Formalising GPP activities has made it possible to create trusting relationships where ideas, challenges and results are honestly discussed. It is unthinkable to me to consider undertaking research without a strong standardized approach to GPP.

Dr. Helen Rees, Executive Director, Wits Reproductive Health Institute (RHI)

HIV vaccine development requires a global partnership of scientists, communities, governments, advocates, and normative bodies all working together in an open, transparent and trusting fashion. Who provides the tangible roadmap for such a high minded approach? How do we go about distilling this approach to meaningful practice? ...My program, and many others in the field, have used GPP in order to guide us to the highest ethical standards for HIV vaccine research.

Dr. Nelson L. Michael, Director, US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) Walter Reed Army, Institute of Research

I liked the chance to consider more concretely the issue of respect for various communities; to ‘tame’ the GPP document by getting more familiar with it; to interrogate one’s own engagement practices; and to connect with others grappling with this complex but essential responsibility.

Cathy Slack, HIV/AIDS Vaccine Ethics Group (HAVEG), Course Participant

The GPP course was the best capacity development gift that has enhanced my skills in community engagement to build a healthier nation as an advocate of HIV prevention methods in South Africa.

Neetha Morar, South African Medical Research Council