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Realist Evaluation in Health Policy and Systems Research

Realist Evaluation in Health Policy and Systems Research


3-5 July 2024


Offline – Rs.25,000 INR

Online – Rs.15,000 INR

Join us for an intensive 3-day workshop in Bengaluru on ‘Realist Evaluation’ organized by the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru (IPH).

About Realist Evaluation:

Realist Evaluation approach seeks to explain how and why complex interventions work (or don’t work) in particular contexts. This methodology is well suited to tackle evaluations of complex interventions and focuses on generative mechanisms in evaluating health policies and systems interventions. By focusing on the underlying mechanisms realist evaluation provides deep insights into the effectiveness of public health interventions, informing better policy decisions and practice.

Target Audience: (Restricted to participants from India only)

This workshop is designed for public health professionals, researchers, postgraduates, and PhD students with an interest in health policy and systems research and evaluation. Participants should have a basic understanding of public health concepts and research methodologies. Those currently exploring realist methods or applying them in their research are encouraged to participate to get hands-on experience of application of this methodology. 

International participants 

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the principles and practices of Realist Evaluation.
  • Develop skills to design and conduct realist evaluations in health policy and systems research.
  • Analyze and interpret data using a realist approach.
  • Enhance capacity to apply realist evaluation findings to improve health policy and practice.

 Workshop Curriculum:

  • Introduction to Realist Evaluation
  • Designing Realist Evaluations
  • Data Collection and Analysis Techniques
  • Case Studies and Practical Applications

Registration Fee:

Offline Participation: Rs. 25,000 which includes refreshments for 3 days and workshop material. 

Online Participation: Rs. 15,000

Limited partial waivers are available. 


  • This is a hybrid workshop, with options for both in-person and virtual participation.
  • Detailed information on accommodation, transportation, and virtual access will be provided upon registration.

Last date: 28th-June-2024

Contact Us:
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“Living with Snakes – Pop Up”

“Living with Snakes – Pop Up”

There are about 4,000 species of snakes reported globally and just about 20% of them are venomous, although there are about 60,000 deaths caused due to snake bite incidents every year in India, there are no reports of any snake species that chase or eat humans. These and many other facts and myths, dos and don’ts are part of the “Living with Snakes – Pop Up” awareness campaign posters part of One Health.

These posters have been carefully crafted in English and Assamese by designer and illustrator Malavika Sagar and educator Chandini Chhabra from Liana Trust, with contributions from Shradha Rathod and Dr. Nandini Velho from Canopy Collective. Translations were done by Dr. Runu Dutta and Dr. Abhilasha Sharma. Photographs were provided by Aamod Zambre, Nilanjan Mukherjee, Rohan Pandit, Gerry Martin, and Kime Rambia.

One Health is an India Alliance Public Engagement Grant focused on Exploring One Health through films and collaborations in North-East India, through two filmmakers Hansatanu Roy and Daiolang Paslein, in their own words, who are collaborating with Green Hub, the Institute of Public Health, and Dr. Nandini Velho, ORA India Fellow and Project Lead at Canopy Collective.

Introduction to Health Data Science using R

Introduction to Health Data Science using R


15-17 June 2024


9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Join us for an intensive 3-day workshop in Bengaluru (15 to 17 June, 2024) on ‘Introduction to Health Data Science from the Data Science using R’ facilitated by faculty from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum and Institute of Public Health Bengaluru.

Target Audience

Are you an early to mid-career professional within the health/ allied health sciences/ life sciences?
Are you keen to explore the realm of data science in your research work?

This workshop is designed for early career public health professionals (postgraduates, PhD students, research scholars from diverse backgrounds in health and allied health sciences, life sciences and other relevant fields) who have no or little prior experience with programming and who want to learn more about the exciting field of data science and its applications in Public Health practice.This workshop has been tailored to address the current capacity gaps in the Indian Health System and build the necessary skills required for the next generation Public Health workforce.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the 3 day workshop, participants will be comfortable with applying data science methods in their research and public health practice using R. Participants will be confident in setting up data science workflows and pipelines for importing datasets, managing and organizing data, performing exploratory data analysis, and draw insights from data. They will also be able to communicate these insights and interpretations interactively and effectively using the principles of Reproducible Research.

Workshop Curriculum

The three-day intensive program will include sessions on:

  • Introduction to Health Data Science.
  • R for Data Science – Fundamentals.
  • Best Practices when working with Data.
  • Effective Data Visualization Techniques.
  • Communicating Research with Quarto.
  • Advanced Topics in Health Data Science.

Each day will be structured with hands-on sessions and group activities to foster practical application and collaborative learning.


The workshop will be led by the data science research team from SCTIMST, Trivandrum and facilitators from Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru.

Dr. Biju Soman

Dr. Biju Soman

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum

Dr. Arun Mitra Peddireddy

Dr. Arun Mitra Peddireddy

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum

Dr. Yogish C B

Dr. Yogish C B

Institute of Public Health Bengaluru

Eligibility criteria

Application and Selection Process:

Interested individuals are requested to complete this application form by 26 May 2024, 11:59 pm. The selection team will prioritize a diverse group of participants to enrich the learning experience.

Priority will be given to early to mid-career professionals. Interest and commitment will be gauged based on the motivation letter.

Registration Fee:

Participants will incur a fee of Rs. 10,000 inclusive of all materials, lunch, and tea for the duration of the workshop. The collected funds will support the logistical arrangements for the program. Travel and accommodation expenses need to be borne by participants and are not included in the workshop fee.


Participants need to carry their laptops and chargers as the workshop will require fully hands on engagement.

IPH Bengaluru team attend 6th NCTOH

IPH Bengaluru team attend 6th NCTOH

Faculty and staff from the Cluster on Chronic Health Conditions & Public Policy at the Institute of Public Health (IPH) Bengaluru attended the 6th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) organized by the International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Delhi. The conference witnessed participation from representatives of government agencies, academia, civil-society organizations, and individuals working on tobacco control and public health research.

Dr. Upendra Bhojani, Faculty IPH Bengaluru and DTB/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Senior Fellow presented a couple of paper and a poster in the conference. These presentations dealt with ‘gender and tobacco’ as well as findings from his DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance intermediate fellowship work: the “Deciphering Epidemic of Epic Proportion” (DEEP) project (2018-2023). Recognizing the unique approach and methods used in the DEEP project as well as the long-standing work in tobacco control, the conference organizers conferred a “champions award” to IPH Bengaluru for its significant contributions for tobacco control.

 Mr. Anand Kumar, a Research Officer at the IPH Bengaluru presented a paper based on the findings from the DEEP project that dealt with the role of tobacco businesses in public policy over time in Indian states. Dr. Lathadevi Chilgod of IPH Bengaluru presented about lessons from the Anusthana project – a DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career Fellowship awarded to Dr Pragati Hebbar (2018-2023) – about co-production of knowledge about tobacco control amongst diverse actors.  She also presented a poster based on the findings from the DEEP project on concerns of Indian parliamentarians about tobacco over 1990-2017 period.

 Dr. Ketki Shah, a doctoral student with the IPH Bengaluru and the Trans-Disciplinary University of Health Sciences and Technology presented a poster about an integrative review of literature about factors shaping livelihood choices of workers in tobacco sector.

The conference also featured an art exhibit “Tobacco & Society” featuring six pencil-on-paper drawings by Dr. Upendra Bhojani locating tobacco use within historical and socio-cultural contexts. The exhibit engaged several delegates on issues related to tobacco use and control and received appreciation.

IPH Bengaluru staff participated in several conference sessions and networked with delegates across various institutions and states. On the whole, they had a wonderful opportunity to learn, network and contribute to tobacco control through this conference. We acknowledge the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance fellowships awarded to Dr Upendra Bhojani (No. IA/CPHS/22/1/506533) and Dr Pragati Hebbar (No. IA/CPHI/22/1/506537) for supporting travel and participation of IPH Bengaluru staff in this conference.


Launch of IPH as TBPPM Learning Network, India Chapter National Secretariat

Launch of IPH as TBPPM Learning Network, India Chapter National Secretariat

“Launch of IPH as TBPPM Learning Network, India Chapter National Secretariat” 

Fostering Collaboration for TB Prevention and Care

In a significant stride toward advancing TB prevention and care efforts in India, the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru (IPH Bengaluru) was officially unveiled as the National Secretariat to host the TB Public Private Mix Learning Network (TBPPM-LN), India Chapter.

About TBPPM-LN India:
The TBPPM-LN, an offshoot of the global initiative launched in 2021, has rapidly grown into a dynamic community of practitioners focusing on private sector engagement in TB care. With India carrying the highest burden of TB and large proportion of initial care seek being the private sector, PPM in TB became imperative. The need for cross learning in TB PPM space by all stakeholders in India led to the establishment of a dedicated chapter within the global network. The formation of an Advisory Board set the roadmap for the TBPPM-LN India chapter.
The TBPPM-LN India chapter, a neutral platform is dedicated to documenting PPM action (Launch at Union Conference 2023, Paris was 1. TB PPM Compendium – compilation of TB-PPM initiatives that presents the wealth of PPM lessons from India and 2. Documentary- TBPPM Virtual Field Visits), providing targeted learning opportunities (Profiling of dynamic NGO database for PPSA eligibility), facilitating community interaction, implementing mentor-mentee program, hosting webinars, and digitizing the knowledge platform (repository of TB PPM resources). These activities aim to accelerate TB-related initiatives across India and bring us closer to the common goal of ending TB.

IPH Bengaluru’s Role:

Selected after a meticulous evaluation of three institutions (IPH, ISB, PSPH), IPH Bengaluru emerged as the ideal choice based on its expertise in public health research, learning management, capacity to host and alignment with organizational priorities. The IPH is a public health research, non-profit organization established with a vision to create an equitable, integrated, decentralized, and participatory health system within a just and empowered society.  

The National Secretariat launch event marked a pivotal moment in the TBPPM-LN India journey, aligning with the local context, fostering domestic fundraising for future sustainability and aligning with CTD/NTSU and their ongoing PPM efforts.

Launch Highlights:
The official launch event was held virtually on Nov 23rd, witnessed the presence of esteemed members, including the TBPPM Advisory Committee, TB PPM Global team/India team, PPM Implementers (REACH, DFY, WHP), Head of IAPSM, NGOs, a government official from NTSU and IPH staff. Engaging discussions, insightful presentations, and collaborative networking were the hallmarks of the occasion.

Key actionable points included were:

  • Knowledge dissemination through articles, blogs, newsletters, and feature stories.
  • Nurture a community of practitioners in their TB PPM journey.
  • Facilitate and coordinate South-South collaboration.
  • Bringing together various stakeholders to work on a particular research agenda.

Future Prospects: 

With the launch of the TBPPM India National Secretariat, the network is poised for significant progress. IPH Bengaluru will play a central role in coordinating TB PPM activities and generating knowledge products that will benefit TB PPM practitioners across the nation.

IPH faculty member Dr. Upendra Bhojani participated in ITM Colloquium in Katmandu, Nepal

IPH faculty member Dr. Upendra Bhojani participated in ITM Colloquium in Katmandu, Nepal

Dr. Upendra Bhojani, Faculty & DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Senior fellow at the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru participated in the 64th ITM Colloquium 2023. The Colloquium, jointly organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp) and the Nepal Health Research Council in Kathmandu (20-23 November 2023), focused on the theme of “Understanding the Global Landscape of Disease Burden in the Context of Climate Change”. Upendra presented on how tobacco impacts environment throughout its lifecycle (cultivation, curing, production, consumption, product waste) and how this signifies a wicked public policy problem requiring high-level inter-sectoral coordination.  On the first day, a meeting was organised of ITM alumni. Upendra (being a PhD alumnus 2010-2016) also participated in the meeting. Upendra also put up an art exhibit themed ‘Tobacco & Society’ comprising of six pencil-on-paper drawings with curated text locating tobacco within sociocultural and historical contexts. Upendra gave a talk as part of the ITM Alumni meeting using these drawings.