This site establishes and maintains a unique information resource that provides essential information on national health research systems. HRWeb is a practical web-based platform that improves access and sharing of health research information between all those active in low and middle income countries policy makers, research managers, researchers, and donors, civil society organizations, media, etc. Now evolved to the first service of its kind that allows users to collect health research related information in a common format, analyse, graphically display and share this information.
HRWeb exists since 2006 as a static website and now evolved into an interactive platform for management of health research in low and middle income countries - LMIC. This process has been guided by a series of technical consultations amongst key stakeholders of national health research systems from - LMICs.
HRWeb has been created in order to fulfill the absence of an information resource on national health research for development in LMICs that can play a role in the different levels and contexts in which decision making takes place. The information needs of stakeholders are extensive and varying but at the same time they are similar: basic research management information to enable them to improve their impact, synergy collaboration and focus.
HRWeb evolved from being a single entry point to a multiple entry access platform. It allows different groups of users to add and edit content using a password according to their institutional membership. Each group of users is granted a specific profile that allows different levels of interaction within the site.
General User (User that only accesses HRWeb and does not create an account)
User Member (User who creates an account within HRWeb)
Administrator (Member of COHRED staff who provides technical support to HRWeb)
Government (Member of the Government who is assigned a password)
Key Institution (Member of a key institution who is assigned a password)
Country Reviewer (User responsible for flagging possible corrections or needed updates)
The focal point is the person responsible for maintaining and updating country- specific information for HRWeb. The person is designated to post and maintain information on HRWeb on behalf of the institution be it government, academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, donors and private sector he/she represents.
Duties and Responsibilities
(This description is not an exhaustive list and will be subject to periodic review and amendment) All requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the task proficiently).
HRWeb is no longer under COHRED's website. HRWeb is independent at www.healthresearchweb.org and each country page has its own name in the URL. Example: www.healthresearchweb.org/senegal.
HRWeb was conceived to be a mechanism for management of national research for health by all stakeholders involved in the country. In the same line, HRWeb was not created to replace existent national databases and/or websites, it is meant to complement and expand their reach and visibility through a single window. HRWeb provides exchange opportunities between researchers and advocate for health research in the country. At the same time, COHRED provides technical support for the use of it but countries are free to decide until what extend to develop it according to their national specific needs.
HRWeb counts not only on COHRED to exist but on the whole community of users who interacts with it. The channel of information is decentralized allowing many actors to feed it. HRWeb is a community as apposed to a simple website. It is the use of it that keeps it alive. HRWeb is not owned by COHRED but by all of its users. HRWeb is developed in open source software which permits users to use, change and improve the software. It also allows for data back up. Each institution involved will be able to keep a constant back up of all data in case HRWeb discontinues, and procedures will be available within the user guide.
A profile for the person in charge of entering data in HRWeb is well defined based on a clear set of criteria including responsibility and knowledge sensitivity. HRWeb has a solid editorial policy, user manual and security features including user profiles with protected password.
HRWeb counts on a pool of country editors on a volunteer basis to ensure that information is correct, credible, relevant and up to date. The country editor seats on different constituencies such as: Government, academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, etc. the ultimate goal is to have three editors per country. HRWeb also keeps track of all information provided. There is a log history which indicates who and when entered or edited it. The information can only be provided by members with specific profiles. The users may RSS different section in order to receive updates on their fields of interest.
One of the HRWeb's sections is "Health Research Projects and Publications" and it allows key institutions to register through a submission form that identifies and screen projects that fall under other fields such as social science, agriculture, environmental science, etc.