Training Odisha Field Team on Data Acquisition & Quality Assurance

A two-day, interactive, workshop on “Data Acquisition and Quality Assurance for Setting Research Priorities in Zoonoses in Odisha” was held on 27-28 February by RCZI/PHFI, in collaboration with KIIT School of Public Health (KSPH) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Data collection teams had already undergone training in September 2015, in research priority setting, following CHNRI method. The workshop covered theoretical aspects of priority setting followed by field piloting of data collection tool. This was followed by guidance on administering the questionnaire, process and ensuring adequacy of data and interpretation in addition to reviewing Instruments of Health Research, 2 using Factorials approach3. Another pilot interview was conducted to demonstrate principles of data collection with concerns emanating during the course of the sessions being duly discussed and resolved. . At the end of the training, researchers had good understanding of the critical role of a large stakeholder group in ascertaining weights for research prioritisation

The data collection groups were also asked to conduct expert interviews. One group interviewed a public health physician with extensive experience in policy formulation and implementation in Odisha (Director of a large medical school in Bhubaneswar) and the second group interviewed the Head of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology, a veterinarian by training, with extensive experience of laboratory research on common zoonotic pathogens affecting diseases in Odisha.

The data collection teams will undergo another round of pilot testing of tools and interview process, under the guidance of field advisors before data collection process is initiated. The data collection process will take about eight weeks and initial results would be available for analysis by April, 2016. for more updates click here.

1. Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative. A new approach for systematic priority setting in child health research investment. (Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative, 2006).

2. Institute of Medicine. Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response. (The National Academies Press, 2003).

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