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ERIC Number: EJ1180078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1712-851X
Conducting a Large Public Health Data Collection Project in Uganda: Methods, Tools, and Lessons Learned
Stover, Bert; Lubega, Flavia; Namubiru, Aidah; Bakengesa, Evelyn; Luboga, Samuel Abimerech; Makumbi, Frederick; Kiwanuka, Noah; Ndizihiwe, Assay; Mukooyo, Eddie; Hurley, Erin; Lim, Travis; Borse, Nagesh N.; Bernhardt, James; Wood, Angela; Sheppard, Lianne; Barnhart, Scott; Hagopian, Amy
Journal of Research Practice, v14 n1 Article M1 2018
We report on the implementation experience of carrying out data collection and other activities for a public health evaluation study on whether U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) investment improved utilization of health services and health system strengthening in Uganda. The retrospective study period focused on the PEPFAR scale-up, from mid-2005 through mid-2011, a period of expansion of PEPFAR programing and health services. We visited 315 health care facilities in Uganda in 2011 and 2012 to collect routine health management information system data forms, as well as to conduct interviews with health system leaders. An earlier phase of this research project collected data from all 112 health district headquarters, reported elsewhere. This article describes the lessons learned from collecting data from health care facilities, project management, useful technologies, and mistakes. We used several new technologies to facilitate data collection, including portable document scanners, smartphones, and web-based data collection, along with older but reliable technologies such as car batteries for power, folding tables to create space, and letters of introduction from appropriate authorities to create entrée. Research in limited-resource settings requires an approach that values the skills and talents of local people, institutions and government agencies, and a tolerance for the unexpected. The development of personal relationships was key to the success of the project. We observed that capacity building activities were repaid many fold, especially in data management and technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Uganda
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