GPP Online Course: Now Accepting Applications

February 16, 2016

AVAC is pleased to announce its third global offering of the GPP Online Training Course, a mixed-method web-based approach to building and sustaining capacity around stakeholder engagement! This course offering will run March 21 – July 1, 2016. Applications are now open and due by Monday, February 29. Please see below for full details on the course, past participants’ experiences and how to apply.

About the Course

The GPP Online Training Course is a practical, effective and fun way to learn about the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Guidelines, which are a set of recommendations for trial funders, advocates and implementers on how to engage a broad set of stakeholders throughout the research process. This course helps learners understand how to use and evaluate GPP in the real world. See below for feedback from past participants!

Through online discussions, interactive modules, webinars and written assignments, all moderated by GPP experts, learners will build their knowledge and skills to effectively engage communities and stakeholders in biomedical HIV prevention research processes.

This offering will have two different tracks to accommodate a wide range of learners:

  • Track A is designed for research implementers, or individuals directly responsible for GPP or community engagement at a trial site. All learners who complete the requirements for Track A will receive a GPP Implementer Certificate.
  • Track B is designed for stakeholders not directly responsible for GPP implementation but interested in understanding GPP concepts and applications, e.g., research coordinators, civil society advocates and regulators. All learners who complete Track B requirements will receive a GPP Course Completion Certificate.

What Past Participants Are Saying

All prior participants have rated the course overall as “very good” or “excellent”; 84 percent said they would recommend the course to a colleague. See how past participants describe their experiences:

The GPP course was the best capacity development gift that has enhanced my skills in community engagement to build a healthier nation as an advocate of HIV prevention methods in South Africa.” – Neetha Morar, engagement manager, South African Medical Research Council

Overall GPP training is an eye opening and very fruitful course; I can advise everyone working as community outreach personnel, recruiter or educator at the research center to attend this course.” – Erica Sanga, community engagement implementer, Mbeya Medical Research Council

This course has been very helpful for putting into perspective some of the strategies my organization currently uses to engage stakeholders—including both approaches that have worked and areas that could be improved.” –Alicia Chou, engagement coordinator, Regan Udall Foundation

Click here to download the GPP Online Application (right click and select “save as”) or visit the course page on the AVAC website.

All completed applications are due to Jessica Salzwedel no later than February 29, 2016. If you have any questions about the GPP Online Training Course, please email Jessica Salzwedel ( or Stacey Hannah (