RFI Evidence Base

Welcome to the RFI Evidence Base!
The resources listed on this website are intended to provide readers with general information about current existing documents – including guidelines, principles and policies – relating to partnerships in research. While these documents are intended to increase awareness of existing literature and information in this regard, COHRED does not promote any particular value judgements or political standings regarding the information contained. It is suggested that RFI Report Teams review the documents and apply what is useful and relevant to their organisational context.
Please note that the references listed on this website are regularly updated. If you are aware of any additional references that you feel are relevant for the RFI indicators, please feel free to contact us at rfi@cohred.org and make us aware of them.


Below is an overview of the RFI reporting guide. Please note that under each topic, there are also 3 specific indicators.



1.1. Relevance To Communities – in which research is done
1.2. Early Engagement of Partners
1.3. Making Contributions of All Partners Explicit – Fair Research Contracting
1.4. Ensuring That Matching and Other Co-Financing Mechanisms Do Not
Undermine Opportunities For Fair Participation of All Partners
1.5. Recognition of Unequal Research Management Capacities Between
Partners And Providing For Appropriate Corrective Measures 



2.6. Minimizing Negative Impact of Research Programmes On Health And
Other Systems
2.7. Fair Local Hiring, Training And Sourcing
2.8. Respect For Authority of Local Ethics Review Systems
2.9. Data Ownership, Storage, Access And Use
2.10. Encourage Full Cost Recovery Budgeting And Compensation For All



3.11. Research System Capacities
3.12. Intellectual Property Rights And Tech Transfer
3.13. Innovation System Capacities
3.14. Due Diligence
3.15. Expectation Of All Partners To Adhere To A Best Practice Standard
In Research Collaborations

By using the list below, you will be able to access links to literature that we feel is relevant to each domain, topic and indicator. Once you have selected an option from the list, click on the numbered indicators that appear below the drop-down menu to view literature related to them.

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Topic 2. 6: Minimizing negative impact of research programmes on health and other systems

Describing the impact of health research: a Research Impact Framework International Scientific Cooperation – Challenges and Predicaments

July 4, 2017

Indicator 2.6.1: Assessing potential harm of research

TOP SUGGESTIONS Priority setting for research for health: A management process for countries.  Australia NHMRC guidelines – Risk and benefit of research.  Health SystemsRead More…

Indicator 2.6.2: Reducing negative impact of research

TOP SUGGESTIONS Investigating research misconduct allegations in international collaborative research projects: a practical guide. OECD Global Science Forum (2009). Research governance: regulating risk and reducingRead More…

Indicator 2.6.3: Compensation for unintended (negative) consequences of research

TOP SUGGESTIONS CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines for Health-Related Research Involving Humans (2016, p. 68-69).  Compensation for Injured Research Subjects Compensation for subjects of medicalRead More…

2. 7. Fair local hiring, training and sourcing

Global code of conduct for research in resource-poor settings Changing mindsets: Research capacity strengthening in low- and middle- income countries IRD – Capacity BuildingRead More…

Indicator 2.7.1: Local staffing

TOP SUGGESTIONS Africa’s neglected area of human resources for health research – The way forward. A practical and systematic approach to organisational capacity strengtheningRead More…

Indicator 2.7.2: Local sourcing of consumables and services

TOP SUGGESTIONS Health technologies for the developing world. Promoting self-reliance through improving local procurement and manufacturing capabilities.  Local Production of Pharmaceuticals: Industrial Policy andRead More…

Indicator 2.7.3: Support for local capacity development

TOP SUGGESTIONS Evaluating Health Research Capacity Building: An Evidence-Based Tool.  Africa’s neglected area of human resources for health research – The way forward.  BuildingRead More…

Topic 2. 8: Respect for authority of local ethics review systems

Ethics dumping case studies from North-South Research Collaborations From global bioethics to ethical governance of biomedical research collaborations

Indicator 2.8.1: Research Ethics Approval

TOP SUGGESTIONS WHO – Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-Related Research with Human Participants.  European Commission – Ethics for researchers.  EthicalRead More…

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