Methods: The TT process involved a series of trainings and mentoring dyads provided by UM with the goal of creating research capacity at the Foundation. Chilean local research team members (n=18) participated in TT trainings that included nine modules organized around topics such as research methodology, intervention delivery, fidelity assessment and clinical trial management. After finalizing all training modules, the Chilean team conducted a pilot study of the Familias Unidas intervention with 42 families.
Results: A team of 18 Chilean researchers were trained not only on the technical aspects of delivering Familias Unidas but also on the conduct and management of clinical trials. For example, the UM assessment manager trained the Foundation assessment manager on participant recruitment and monitoring of the assessment team. Similarly, the UM research coordinator trained the Foundation coordinator on quality control procedures and day to day project tasks. Satisfaction with the trainings ranged from 4.3 to 4.92 for each of the modules.
Conclusions: Training in rigorous research methodology is an often-overlooked component in the dissemination of evidence-based practice but one that is crucial for the successful translation of interventions and promotion of youth health. Due to the research infrastructure that was collaboratively developed, the Foundation researchers will now be able to conduct a randomized controlled trial with support from the UM research team. To move the prevention field forward, it is crucial to train systems in the conduct of research and rigorous execution of protocols to implement evidence-based programming to populations that most need them.