Examining the role of fieldworkers’ performance management systems and institutional support in promoting research integrity in Africa

Year of award: 2018


  • Francis Kombe

    University of KwaZulu-Natal

Project summary

Frontline staff in health research play a critical role in promoting health research practices in Africa. Popularly known as fieldworkers, their practices influence scientific and ethical standards as well as the overall integrity of research. While global guidance typically calls for fair collaboration, the need to enhance the capacity of African institutions has necessitated an increase in focus and support directed towards infrastructural, skill transfer and career development of African researchers, scientists and institutions. However, relatively little attention has been directed towards performance management, capacity building and general institutional support for fieldworkers.

An in-depth understanding of current fieldworkers’ performance management systems and institutional support in Africa can offer insights on what strategies could be employed to strengthen fieldworkers’ day-to-day practices and inform policies and guidelines that can be used to improve the quality and integrity of research in Africa and other similar settings.