The work of CAS will be based on five strategies corresponding to its vision, mission, goals and framework:
1. Knowledge Generation
This strategy focuses on funding researchers, both professional and new researchers, emphasizing on participatory pre-proposal processes, including research topic selection, outreach, and intramural research which CAS undertakes on important and urgent issues. CAS develops the research and support mechanisms that are versatile, systematic, and timely and encompasses all types of study. CAS also provides support for Master/PhD thesis work. Semi-permanent studies that continuations of the third phase and development of the CAS database do not require a selection process, but will have an emphasis on quality development and user-friendliness.
The primary objective of this Strategy is to create knowledge, while the secondary objective is to build a network of researchers and database owners, and build the capacity of researchers.
Academics, organizations working with alcohol databases, and CAS researchers.
- Develop an efficient and user-friendly research management system and research quality development processes
- Emphasize on relevant topics with high level of policy implication instead of solely focusing on the number of studies, through a participative topic selection process
- Conduct intramural studies on important and urgent topics and seek alternative sources of funding for intramural research projects, which are to have the same quality level as extramural projects
- Determine research topics by mapping resources that exist and are still lacking, and drafting a roadmap with involvement from a wide variety of stakeholders
- Seek and provide support for domestic and international research grants for career researchers and new researchers, and strengthen the research network in various regions of Thailand
- Publicize research topics for open-call-for-application and invitation/persuasion in action research
- Create an appropriate system and mechanism for various types of research, particularly Action Research, Research & Development, and Research and Movement
- Improve the quality of the topics, research methodology, and results, and provide follow-up support for both intramural and extramural studies
2. Knowledge Utilization and Distribution
This strategy covers the distribution of knowledge to policy stakeholders and the public. Public perception is considered as a social climate of alcohol policy. The mechanisms of this strategy include producing databases, articles, press conferences and CAS newsletters, as well as tailor-made mechanisms to mobilize policy e.g., providing information to specific groups
To distribute knowledge from researchers to the target group, with the main goal of supporting the alcohol policy processes.
Media, policy-makers, actors, civil societies, academics and the general public
- Development of the mechanisms enhances the value of the academic work through communication with new and existing target groups of CAS.
- Selecting the information and designing the format of communication to be of interest to the target groups, and delivering the product in a timely manner under suitable conditions
- Produce media and develop mechanisms and opportunities in accordance with windows of opportunity in alcohol policy, emphasizing on electronic media and cost-efficiency
- Develop CAS databases to be able to link with other organizations, e.g., the Health Information System Office, the Burden of Disease index development program.
- Organize occasional semi-academic forums and press conferences, including meeting with partners with regard to strategies, and connecting and use of the surveillance system for information and movement of stakeholders
- Knowledge synthesis and communication to target group
- Producing data to be in the appropriate quality and format for the target group
- Monitoring of news and consumption situation, impact and development of stakeholders in alcohol policy
- Developing CAS’s database to be user-friendly and capable of connecting to other databases.
3. Strengthening Network
This strategy connects two domains of activity. The first domain is creating collaborations between CAS and domestic and international research organizations, connecting and exchanging ideas with international partners, including sending researchers to attend academic conferences / workshops / inviting foreign experts to attend conferences and workshops, and developing a regional alcohol database. The second domain is the development of exchange mechanisms for researchers and stakeholders in other sectors.
To support academic collaborations and strengthen the capacity of alcohol researchers in Thailand and at the international level (on issues relevant to alcohol policy in Thailand, including international alcohol policy mobilization)
To support empowerment through exchanges between researchers and various organizations (state and civil societies) with no conflict of interest
Alcohol policy researchers in Thailand, qualified international researchers with no conflict of interest, stakeholders and capable actors in alcohol policy
- Develop and continue historically successful activities, and develop networks in new ways. The principle of this strategy is to strengthen network with clear objectives (e.g., collaboration to mobilize taxation policy or develop a surveillance system for alcohol industry marketing strategies) that complements the mission of CAS and benefits all stakeholders.
- Existing activities include organizing annual alcohol policy conferences at the national and regional levels, implementing MOUs. Innovations in the fourth phase include organizing provincial-level forums, exchanging researchers with overseas organizations, mapping social capital in alcohol policy studies at the individual and organizational levels.
- Develop and support the strengthening of Thai researchers through various activities organized by CAS and other organizations, eg., academic symposia, journal club seminars
- Monitor developments in research and alcohol policy at the international level, and select suitable and effective means to improve alcohol policy-making in Thailand
- Coordinate / exchange ideas and technical know-how with partners in Thailand and overseas, including visits to partner organizations
- Develop collaborations between CAS and domestic and international organizations, including inviting international experts to attend conferences, workshops, and creating databases on alcohol control in collaboration with overseas organizations.
4. Comprehensive Capacity Building
Under the concept of INNE capacity, capacity building should consider the individual / organizational / network / environmental-levels potential. Some capacity-building activities can be found in the first to third strategies, e.g., development of a network of researchers under the third strategy, which will serve as a key mechanism in building the network’s capacity. Knowledge distribution also helps to develop individual and organizational-level capacities.
In other aspects, this strategy entails direct capacity building of researchers including meetings/workshops to develop skills, readiness and support for Thai researchers in playing a proactive role in the international stage.
To build the capacity of Thai alcohol policy researchers through various activities, e.g., symposia, technical workshops, presentations, and playing proactive roles in policy forums and in the regional and international stages, and exchange programs to build the capacity of Thai researchers through secondment & apprenticeship
Thai and regional alcohol researchers
Emphasize on the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the capacity-building mechanisms, the benefits to the public, and the transparency of the capacity-building system (CAS has intramural researchers, thus there is potential risk for conflict of interest). The mechanisms for capacity building will be inclusive and appropriate for researchers at all levels of readiness
- Selection and support for researchers to attend symposia / workshops and present their findings at the national and international levels
- Training sessions and workshops organized by CAS
- Write-shop and Analyze-shop to support research article development
- Survey of alcohol consumption behaviors and their impact
- Assessment of the effectiveness and policy and measures
- Survey of social support
- Exchange programs to build the capacity of Thai and overseas researchers
- Organizing learning forums, e.g., Journal Club
5. Institutional Management
This strategy covers management, sustainability and self-reliance of CAS, and mechanisms to develop CAS into a knowledge organization
This strategy supports the preceding four strategies in an effective manner and builds the capacity of CAS staff
Emphasize organizational effectiveness and the accountability of CAS to society
- Develop a mechanism to select, build capacity, and retain high-quality staff
- Review and assess readiness, suitability, effectiveness, obstacles and improvements in management to support the work of CAS
- Develop the internal management process to support the primary strategies effectively and efficiently
- Develop an effective monitoring system
Seek additional supporters for CAS’s academic work