Project Governance

Clear and robust project governance is essential for project's success

International academic epidemiological projects are unique Рit is difficult to find comparable examples of this type of project elsewhere. The underlying aim of epidemiological projects is to improve people’s health, therefore, more than in many other fields, the success or failure of an epidemiological project can mean the difference between life and death.

There are many challenges involved, apart from scientific objectives, therefore effective project management and governance are crucial to ensure the project runs smoothly and to obtain the best outcomes for the population health.

Project Manager together with project coordinators from Russia, UK and Norway provided strategic, coordinative and administrative support to the Principal Investigators and project team. The project is complicated, spread over many geographic locations and multi-cultural environments. In order to achieve results, project team members need to work extremely closely together, not just within the fieldwork team, but also across fieldwork sites in different cities or even in different countries.

In order to deliver activities, firstly, we have created an effective communication processes and channels to make sure that everyone has immediate access to important information and documents. We also have established regular meetings with the team members using modern internet networking technologies. It allowed us to review project status on a weekly basis, identify issues, risks, update each other on progress and make decisions.

Secondly, we have developed governance framework and series of cross-functional steering groups and international advisory board around our strategic areas. The role of these groups was to provide guidance to our various project initiatives, to monitor and review activities.

Finally, we have clearly defined standard methodology for our teams to follow. This lets our team know what to do, what deliverables to produce, and who to involve in the process. With the project management support, we could handle bureaucratic, technical, political, economic, linguistic, behavioural and cultural challenges.

International Advisory Board

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Study Access Group

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Group of Principal Investors

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Steering Group

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