CIET is a group of non-profit foundations, charities, non-governmental organisations and institutes dedicated to building the community voice into planning. Professor Neil Andersson started CIET, Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales (Tropical Disease Research Centre), in Mexico in 1985 to promote wider participation in health planning. In Canada, the name became "Community Information and Epidemiological Technologies," reflecting the broader application of epidemiological methods to research areas beyond the health field.
CIET has offices in Botswana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, and the United States of America.
CIET research interests shift with the needs of its partner communities, from health to education, from agriculture to micro-regional development, from the impact of land mines to monitoring child rights, from public transport to the justice system. By involving community members in information gathering and analysis, CIET helps them participate, in an increasingly informed way, in decisions that affect their lives.
Training and capacity building
Building skills for producing and using evidence to plan health care
Capacity building in Southern Africa
CIET is training HIV researchers as part of our two-year capacity building project supported by a grant from the HIV fund of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states. The first three-week intensitve training course will be in Gaborone, Botswana in September, 2014. The students, all nominated by National AIDS Authorities, will come from 10 SADC member states: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Later, the same course will be held in Portuguese for students from Angola and Mozambique and in French for students from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Previous intensive courses
Teaching evidence-based planning through intensive courses over 4-8 weeks:
-Angola, Mozambique: planners 1991/3
-Atlantic Canada: Public health nurses 1999
-Pakistan: Health planners 2004-5
-Canada: Inuit Institute for Research & Planning 2008-2010
-Nigeria: Health planners 2010-14
-Southern Africa: HIV researchers and program managers 2007-9, 2011-14.
Training of research users
Many of the technical officers trained in CIET courses are primarily research users. Lack of skills of policy makers to interpret research evidence is a recognised block to evidence informed health planning.
Training elected representatives in Botswana (2011 & 2012):
- Surveyed on needs about health evidence
- Over half attended one-day training on evaluating evidence for decision making.
Replication elsewhere would need to be context specific.