How the Consortium Works
The yearly work plan of the HIV Modelling Consortium is agreed upon by a Steering Committee that is comprised of individuals from the Centres for Disease Control, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, National Institute for Health, PEPFAR, The World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS in addition to other model consumers or producers. The HIV Modelling Consortium is administered by a Secretariat, which is led by Professor Tim Hallett and based at Imperial College London. The Secretariat co-ordinate the response to the questions posed by the Steering Committee through collaboration with a wide network of over one hundered mathematical modellers, economists, academics in adjacent fields and policy makers - referred to as the 'Consortium'.
The HIV Modelling Consortium is administered by a Secretariat, which is led by Professor Tim Hallett and based at Imperial College London. The HIV Modelling Consortium has 4 key research partners with whom they work closely on all projects.
These partners include:
- Harvard School of Public Health – Professor Joshua Salomon
- University of Bristol - Professor Peter Vickerman
- University College London – Professor Andrew Phillips
- University of York – Professor Mark Sculpher
The Secretariat is responsible for the main day-to-day activities undertaken in addition to taking the lead management role on all research agendas. Tasks appointed to the Secretariat include but are not limited to: organisation of meetings to aid collaborative working arrangements on a common agenda, development of subsequent meeting reports identifying consensus points and further research questions, issuing request for funding applications (RFAs, i.e. sub-contracts) and establishing a peer review committee to critically appraise bids, liaising with other modelling groups and consortia in the public health field to share knowledge in addition to conducting modelling research and literature reviews in-house in support of the agenda of the Consortium.
All of these activities are overseen by a Steering Committee who are responsible for the executive decisions of the Consortium, such as what the priority research questions are to address (via the Secretariat) and commissioning of RFAs / sub-contracts. The research questions are then formulated into distinct ‘work packages’ which the Secretariat then take the lead in responding to. The Steering Committee is also involved in developing the structure of meetings and providing guidance on relevant research groups for involvement to broaden the scope of work packages.
Individuals have been invited to serve on the Steering Committee on the basis of their prominent roles in the HIV intervention funding, implementation or research and include representatives from normative agencies that rely on models for decision-making and globally influential leading academics. They convene (usually via teleconference but in person when possible) every six months and, in addition, as required to make decisions to ensure the smooth running of the Consortium, as described below.