What is it?
The TDR Global Competency Framework for Clinical Research is a flexible framework which lists all the competencies that should be demonstrated by a research team to carry out a successful study. The framework can be applied to any research study, regardless of the size of the team, place, disease focus and type of research. Together with its supporting tools, the framework can be used to plan staffing requirements for a study, to carry out appraisals of staff, to guide career development, and to create educational curricula for research staff.
The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and researchers from The Global Health Network led the development of this framework, to bridge the lack of information about clinical research roles, especially for those working in low and middle income countries (LMICs). It has been developed alongside experts and collaborators from around the world.
What are the parts of the framework, and how does it work?
The framework consists of several complementary parts, including the Competency Wheel (overview) and Dictionary (explanation) which can be downloaded below.
What can I do?
You can use the framework in its current form for whatever you like: staff appraisals, assisting in your own career development, for planning the team you need for a new trial, for creating a new training programme - anything you like. You will find a full explanation of how to use the different parts of the framework in the User Guide available below.
Research Competency Scoring
Not applicable (e.g. if the competency is not useful for the role of the individual)
Task: No experience; never performed the task before
Knowledge: No exposure; never heard of the topic before
Skill: Unable to use skill
Task: Little experience, but received training
Knowledge: Little exposure; but followed courses or read about the topic
Skill: Use skill with difficulty and/or very rarely
Task: Some experience; already performed the task at least once
Knowledge: Some exposure; already applied knowledge of topic in thier job at least once
Skill: Use skill inconsistenly and occasionally
Task: Capable to perform task
Knowledge: Knowledgeable; frequently apply knowledge of topic
Skill: Use skill appropriately, but only occasionally
Task: Experienced; regularly perform the task in their job
Knowledge: Highly knowledgeable; use, reflect, critically evaluate information related to the topic
Skill: Use skill appropriately, in all relevant situations
Task: Highly experienced; able to train and guide others
Knowledge: Expert knowledge;able to teach and assess others
Skill: Use skill appropriately, consistently and confidently