Strengthening health research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is a recognised way to advance health and development. Systematic evidence on the effectiveness of different approaches remains limited however, as their complexity and diversity make monitoring and evaluation (M&E) difficult. Beginning in 2011 research explored how M&E of health research capacity strengthening (RCS) takes place. Researchers used mixed methods to look at the frameworks, indicators and processes that support M&E of health RCS working in partnership with the ESSENCE group. This paper (1 in a series of 3) focuses on the tensions involved in making choices about evaluations of health research capacity strengthening.
The other papers in this series are: