Research ethics training of trainers: developing capacity of Bolivian health science and civil society leaders


  • Annette Aalborg Touro University California
  • Sarah Sullivan Touro University California
  • Jacqueline Cortes Universidad Mayor de San Andrés
  • Armando Basagoitia Universidad Mayor
  • Daniel Illanes Universidad Mayor de San Simon
  • Matthew Green Touro University California


Research and research ethics (RE) capacity is a key element for addressing health priorities of low - and middle-income countries (LMICs). With support from a NIH/FIC Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development grant, a RE Training of Trainers (TOT) was implemented in Bolivia. The Steering Committee, including representatives from four Bolivian universities and PAHO, developed the RE TOT that included face-to-face, online and practicum components. Twenty trainees including faculty, researchers and community leaders participated. Pre/Posttest results demonstrated significant increases in overall RE knowledge (13.1% improvement, p-value < 0.0001). An evaluation demonstrated participants valued participatory learning strategies and the flexibility of the online component. TOT participants during the practicum component delivered RE workshops to their university and civil society communities in four regions (n= 3,700 people). The goals of the grant were accomplished through the development of a Steering Committee and implementation of the TOT course. Next steps include the design and implementation of a master’s level research ethics education program in Bolivia.


research ethics education, training of trainers (TOT), research ethics programs, low - and middle - income countries (LMICS)