Methodology & definitions

Collecting data and collaborating with partners

Our approach to building and maintaining the MESA Track database is very collaborative. We work closely with the partners to populate the database with up-to-date information.

As a first step, the MESA Secretariat compiles information on research projects being led, or managed by an institution. Using information from public sources (institutional websites, annual reports, other public databases, etc.) we create a draft portfolio of projects and then reach out to the directors and/or the scientists themselves to invite them to be a part of MESA Track, validate the information, and fill in the gaps.

We’re most interested in collecting information related to the research itself; where information is available and partners are willing, we also capture information about the funds invested. When a specific dollar amount for a given project is not available, we acknowledge the core funding supporting the research.

Scope

MESA Track includes projects which are pertinent to the malaria elimination and eradication agenda. We use malERA (malaria eradication research agenda) as a guide and discuss with the partners what they see as relevant to malaria elimination.

Projects active in 2012 and onwards are included. Literature reviews, and other publications are not included in MESA Track. These resources are being captured in MESA's Knowledge Hub. Definitions of project, principal investigator, etc. can be found here.

We also capture large structural grants which support centres, networks, capacity building, etc. as long as the investment supports the malaria elimination and eradication agenda. We label these ‘core investments’.

Updating the information

MESA Track is a living database; we’re continually reaching out to more partners to get involved. If you don’t see your project in the MESA Track database and would like to get involved, please submit your information through this online form.

Data protection

The aim of MESA Track is to produce a user friendly, open-access database on what research is being done and what questions are being asked in the scientific field of malaria elimination and eradication. We want this tool to be helpful for the wider malaria community. MESA will use MESA Track to monitor progress being made in the research agenda.

The MESA Track database is hosted in a server in the UK and adheres to UK and EU data protection law. With this consultative approach with partners, we follow the core principles of data processing - fair and transparent data processing.

Information can be removed, or updated at any time upon legitimate request of a partner directly involved in the project. For queries regarding data protection, please email MESA on mesa [at] isglobal [dot] org at any time.

Definitions

Project

A research/development study with defined objectives which contributes to the malaria elimination and eradication agenda.

Core investment

An investment in research infrastructure or resources, which will indirectly support research/development projects pertinent to the malaria eradication agenda. E.g. NIH's investments in International Centers of Excellence for Malaira Research (ICEMRs), BMGF core investments to IVCC, etc.

Funding source

An entity which invests in research/development projects directly (e.g. The Australian National Health & Medical Research Council, BMGF). Or an entity which subcontracts another to execute the research/development project (e.g. CHAI, MACEPA, Medicines for Malaria Venture, MESA).

Principal investigator (PI)

The person who leads the project and holds the grant.

PI institution

That which hosts the principal investigator and holds the research/development grant, e.g. Mahidol University Thailand, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Project partners

Partners which collaborate on the project, but do not lead the project or manage the grant.