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GPP Online Training Course

Research excellence through stakeholder engagement

The Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Online Training Course is a four-month, hands-on eLearning experience that brings the GPP Guidelines to life through interactive online content, case studies, work assignments and online discussions.

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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Now Accepting Applications

Application Process

AVAC is pleased to announce the next GPP course offering!

The course will allow learners to develop a foundational knowledge of GPP and focus on participant-selected topic areas that can be used to enhance plans to better meet the needs of their environment.

Over the course of ten weeks, all learners will be required to:

  • Complete ten online modules
  • Initiate and participate in an online forum with other experienced professionals
  • Participate in at least two webinars led by content experts in the field
  • Complete weekly assignments to develop GPP action plans
  • Engage facilitators as needed in one-on-one discussion about action improvements

The course will run from April 11 through June 15, 2018.

Download the application here. Applications and supporting materials must be received by April 4, 2018.

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 10-week period, with an average requirement of 3-7 hours per week
  • Two learning tracks to accommodate a variety of participants

Previous participants in the course gave us the following feedback:

  • 100 percent of learners who have taken the course have rated it as “very good” or “excellent”
  • 84 percent of learners in 2015 course said they would definitely recommend it to a colleague would definitely recommend to a colleague
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