2023 JNIL 2nd Nutrition Research Designs and Methods Workshop

JNIL 2nd Nutrition Research Designs and Methods Workshop

February, 2023

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Online January 3 - February 3, 2023
In-person at the Dead Sea, Jordan |  February 4-9, 2023


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The Nutrition Research Designs and Methods Workshop is an initiative of the Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab from Tufts University.  The objective of the Lab is to enhance its ongoing support in building individual and institutional capacity in research and training focused on maternal, infant, and child health and nutrition in Jordan.

The workshop was held from February 4-9, 2023 at the Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa in Jordan.  This was preceded by a weekly online preparatory and reading period from January 3 - February 3, 2023.

The overall goal of the workshop is to train upcoming Jordanian scientists on the rigor of research methodology and enhance skills in conceptualization, development and implementation and analysis of robustly designed quantitative research protocols.

The specific objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Identify the basic concepts of research processes and components.
  • Learn to critically read and search the literature in order to identify research gaps in scientific knowledge.
  • Gain substantive knowledge in the developmental and structural processes in preparing a research protocol.
  • Learn to write a research question that is specific and measurable using quantitative methods
  • Select and develop appropriate research design, sample, data collection and analysis methods.
  • Develop a Letter of Intent and Research Plan on a specific topic that will be presented in a written and oral form.

Participants will be exposed to the theory of designing nutrition research studies with hands-on experience in developing a letter of intent and analysis plan for the research.  Topic areas include the development of a research question that answers a gap in current scientific knowledge in Jordan, defining specific aims and outcomes of interest, determining appropriate study designs, research methodology and assessment methods.  Participants will work in pairs to develop and present a letter of intent and an research plan, interacting with faculty mentors through the workshop period.

Potential participants could be master’s and/or PhD students training nutrition and/or public health nutrition.  We will also consider mid-career professionals who may be faculty members, researchers, policy specialists and/or technical officers in governmental and local non governmental organizations who are likely to benefit from exposure to public health nutrition research methodology.  Applicants typically are from the following fields: nutrition science, nutrition policy, public health, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other allied health sciences. Potential participants should demonstrate a strong interest in working in community/public health nutrition research and practice.

There is no fee for participants to attend the workshop. Participants will be selected through a competitive selection process. The first part of the workshop will be totally online from January 3 through February  3. The participants will be provided a research methods book and access to a Learning Management System called "Canvas" on which relevant reading materials and short quizzes over assigned book chapters will be posted.

A key element of success of this workshop is that the participants will work as pairs through the period of the training. The assignment to pairs will be based on matched research interests indicated in a questionnaire during the latter half of the first week once every student is settled into the online portion of the workshop. Each pair will identify a research question and carry out a literature review to identify relevant papers to support their proposed research question. With this preparation, they will then be ready to participate in an in-person workshop to be held from February 4-9, 2023 (arrival the night of February 3).

The workshop will be held at the Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa in Jordan from February 4 to 9, 2023. The Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab will plan and manage all lodging and boarding arrangements. As this is an intensive workshop, participants are required to spend six days and nights at the workshop location (beginning February 3).

Participants should have had foundation courses in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, public health, and biostatistics/statistics.

The workshop is a mix of preparatory online work and then an in-person comprehensive workshop covering substantive theoretical lectures, application sessions, and guided practical work sessions with mentors. Please be prepared for long but productive days during this workshop.  

Each workshop day will begin at 8 am and include coffee breaks throughout the day and lunch. After dinner, each pair may need to work towards accomplishing their assignment on a daily basis. The final deliverable for this workshop is a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a Research Plan (per participant) that will be presented by each team/pair at the closing session.

During this online and in person workshop, participants will learn in a theoretical and applied manner, the designs and methods used in nutrition research. Participants will be able to:

  1.  Describe the concepts and theory of research design, articulate policy-relevant research questions, develop specific aims and outcomes, identify an appropriate study design and methodology.
  2.  Utilize appropriate tools to undertake complex nutrition studies. Examples include:
    1. Organizing a literature search; identifying relevant search terms and which literature bases to search for defining or fine-tuning research questions. Establishing parameters for the review regarding what it will and won’t cover.  Extracting relevant information from appropriate studies in a systematic manner (with summary tables and figures)
    2. Theoretical knowledge on different types of study designs and research methodologies
    3. Statistical tools for the calculation of sample size, definition of sampling strategy and data analysis
    4. Data collection methods and management and quality assurance, ethical considerations
  3. Write a Letter of Intent (LOI), and a Research Plan for study implementation
  4. Describe the challenges in developing a research plan
  5. Work in a team, defining roles and responsibilities for each member of the team

Required- This will be provided prior to the online portion of the workshop.

  • Nutrition Research Methodologies, 1st Edition.  Wiley-Blackwell Publications. 2015. ISBN-13: ‎978-1118554678

Have any questions about the application or the workshop overall? Feel free to email us at jnilworkshop@gmail.com and we will get back to you shortly!

Click here to view highlights from the 2nd Nutrition Research Designs and Methods Workshop from Feb. 4-9, 2023 at the Dead Sea, Jordan.