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Build your own project management tool

Build Your Own Project Management Tool

I’m passionate about my work as a health economist and researcher. I have the chance to get involved in forward-thinking discussions with skilled and passionate stakeholders to resolve economic issues related to infectious diseases, vaccines and access to care. This interaction gives meaning to our research, and it keeps me on the lookout to keep it relevant.

Another aspect that I sincerely love – and others will relate to this in Academia – is the ability to involve students in projects so they:

  1. Learn concrete and valuable skills;
  2. Enter the arena of policy & practice; and
  3. Create outputs relevant to their field of interest.

Through this work, I usually train students to develop simple economic evaluation models and help them interpret the results in the context of the scientific literature in preparation for their capstone.

Still, I have found that project management is one of the most underrated and valuable skills in academia. It’s one of the Top 10 skills that will get you recruited.

This is the skill employers really look for when they say they want someone who is rigorous, attentive to details, who communicates actively and who “walks the talk”. Being proficient at project management is about equipping oneself with the necessary tools to track your project – something that’s relatively easy to build on your own!

Build your own project management tool

Make your own Excel-based project management tool with a built-in Gantt chart with my FREE step-by-step guide. You’ll receive the PDF guide when you register to my quarterly newsletter about project management in research and Academia.

  The newsletter is my way to promote better project management in our academic work. Project management often gets ignored in research and I want to change that. I’m only sending the newsletter quarterly to take the time to do my own research on project management issues (oh, and to do my own academic work) and to discuss with other academics and students responding to it.

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The real value of lit reviews for students

How to ensure the value of literature reviews for students

Have you…

  • taken part in a research project lately?
  • or read a peer-reviewed article?

You certainly came across a literature review, from basic background searches for writing an article to a systematic review or even a meta-analysis. Literature reviews are an essential exercise in research. They allow us to keep building on facts and evidence that preceded us. We get to know the current state of knowledge and what has been done or tried in pursuit of science.

Though, as important as they are, literature reviews are cumbersome to execute. And in my experience, the burden mostly falls on students and research assistants. Read more