I spoke at a two-day, interactive, hands-on workshop on “Data Acquisition and Quality Assurance for Setting Research Priorities in Zoones in Odisha”, which was conducted on 27th and 28th January by the Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses in India Initiative (RCZI), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), in collaboration with the KIIT School of Public Health (KSPH), Bhubaneswar.
At this event, the data collection teams were trained in the process of research priority setting, which followed the modified CHNRI method adopted by the RCZI for the initial priority setting exercise in 2010. (1,2) On the first day of the hands on workshop, the theoretical basis of priority setting was elucidated. The second day was dedicated to field piloting of the data collection tool.
The data collection processes were observed by the trainers of the workshop and in the second half of the day, detailed feedback was provided, along with measures to ensure course correction. Another pilot interview was conducted in the second half to demonstrate principles of data collection, and all concerns regarding the process were resolved.
The data collection teams will undergo a further round of pilot testing of the tools and the interview process under the guidance of the field advisers before the data collection process is initiated.
The data collection process is expected to take up to eight weeks and initial results should be available for analysis by April, 2016. It is expected that the research prioritization process would lead to important, policy-relevant findings from the state of Odisha, which has a significant burden of zoonoses and neglected tropical diseases.
- Sekar, N., Shah, N. K., Abbas, S. S. & Kakkar, M. Research options for controlling zoonotic disease in India, 2010-2015. PLoS One 6, e17120 (2011).
- 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).