What We Do
We are global
THEnet brings together training institutions — working across diverse contexts and geographies — to study how health workforce education can better meet the needs of all, particularly the underserved. We promote and share successful practices, tools and resources, and foster collaboration to make health workforce education and service delivery more socially accountable.
THEnet works with global partners to examine the effectiveness of social accountability strategies in training health workers who are equipped and ready to work where they are most needed. We are building an evidence base on what works and evaluating outcomes and impact.
We promote policies, strategies and practical tools that increase health equity through social accountability and community engagement to global organizations, governments, and schools.
We develop the capacity of professional associations, leaders, health workforce training institutions and their graduates to implement effective, socially accountable strategies and be agents of positive change in the effort to reduce health inequities.
We provide technical assistance, guidance, and impact evaluation services to governments, schools and development partners to advance outcome-oriented health workforce education and increase their positive impact on health equity.
Emerging evidence suggests that social accountability strategies – for example, schools partnering with communities to develop curricula in line with with local needs; selecting students most likely to stay in underserved communities and training them in settings where they are expected to serve, increase access to health services.
These are the kinds of questions that THEnet’s global research teams aim to answer. We collaborate with institutions, policy makers and partners to develop a strong evidence base of successful strategies that will educate a fit-for-purpose health workforce.
THEnet’s Current Research Projects:
THEnet strengthens the capacity of professional associations, health leaders, health workforce education institutions and their graduates to increase their positive impact on health and health equity. We do this through a community of practice of peers, providing access to resources, tools, and online learning modules and by providing tailored technical assistance and policy guidance.
Social Accountability Framework:
THEnet and its partners developed The Framework for Socially Accountable Health Workforce Education, a powerful, practical, and comprehensive tool to help schools align the training of health workers with community needs. The Framework helps schools design, modify, and evaluate their programs so that they can realize true health equity in an inequitable world. It has been adopted and used extensively around the world. An interactive online version is available on THEnet’s Community of Practice and includes tools such as generic ethics applications, project management tools and focus groups questions. The Framework will soon include online learning modules on how to implement social accountability strategies and evaluate impact.
The Community of Practice: THEnet operates an online Community of Practice with access to its Framework for Socially Accountable Health Workforce Education, Resource Center and working groups.
Through our advocacy efforts the principles of social accountability, health equity and community engagement in education, championed by THEnet, are gaining traction. Examples of impact at a global level include:
THEnet is a trusted provider of technical assistance in designing socially accountable and community engaged health workforce education programs, evaluating education initiatives and their impact, and offering policy guidance to governments, schools and international partners.
For example, as an international expert in the evaluation of health workforce education, we were chosen by the US Government to conduct an external midterm evaluation of its $130 million-dollar Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in Africa. Upon completion of the evaluation, the U.S. Government contracted us to conduct the midterm evaluation of its $30 million-dollar Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP) that includes nursing and midwifery education.
THEnet offers technical assistance and consultancy services in the following areas:
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