To retain staff and to enhance the quality of work from the staff, the institute understands that staff capacity building should be a core area of its concentration. BIGD is aware of the fact that that enhancement of staff capacity in not a ‘one-time’ solution rather it is subject to continuous attention and effort. That is why considerable attention and resources are devoted to staff capacity building at BIGD.
Being the core activity, research receives the highest priority and as such it focuses on building the research capacity of young researchers. Researchers at BIGD are guided and groomed to enhance their skills in research and are encouraged to participate in a range of trainings/workshops/certificate courses in Bangladesh and abroad. The capacity building happens in three stages; through mentoring, training and exposure. Mentoring plays a primary role in building the research capacity of the young researchers at the Institute. From the very beginning BIGD has been following a system where individual team members received mentoring from senior researchers and other staff of the Institute as well as from renowned researchers and professionals from BRAC University and other universities while simultaneously working on their respective research projects especially in the two flagship publications namely the State of Governance and State of Cities research along with other research projects. Another important aspect of mentoring comes from the fact that researchers are highly encouraged to come up with research ideas of their own interest and to pursue research on those themes either individually or in small teams. The individual papers are thoroughly reviewed and once approved, comes under the BIGD working paper series.
The next component of capacity building comes from staff’s exposure to different forums both nationally and internationally. BIGD encourage its researchers to present their research works in different conferences and policy meetings as well as to represent BIGD in different stakeholder meetings. Through this, the researchers gain a certain degree of confidence and also can compare their work with that of the others. This helps them to improve their quality of work as well.
The attention is not only limited to research staff rather it is inclusive of all other staff members as well. BIGD’s admin, finance and communication staff also receive relevant training to sharpen their skills. Different software training events have been attended by the finance staff while communication staff have been exposed to media linkage and other policy linkage trainings.