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Use & Management - Using Evidence to Improve Programs Training
Course - Mashonaland Central
Collaborating Centre for Operational Research and Evaluation
11-17 November, 2012
Application Deadline: 3 November, 2012
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Centre for Operational Research and Evaluation (CCORE) is pleased
to announce the "Data Use and Management: Using Evidence to
Improve Programs" Training Course.
Use and Management: Using Evidence to Improve Programs" training
course is designed to offer a hands-on training for professionals,
specifically Health Information Officers, M&E Officers and/or
Data Managers in the health and social sectors to build their skills
in data management and use in an operational research context, with
the goal of using data as evidence from which to improve programming.
The fundamental aim of this training course is to build capacity
for quality operational research in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.
increased understanding of the value and uses of data and operational
ability to synthesize existing information and develop targeted
- Build data
analysis and management skills to enhance the use of data in an
everyday setting towards program improvement.
the purpose of the training module and explain the logistics
of the course.
- Course design/module sections
- Course objectives
the value of data collection and analysis in an operational
to Operational Research (OR)
- Explore using data to improve programs
- Discuss previous experiences with data use.
different types of data, and how this data can potentially be
different types of data and what kinds of questions they can
be used to answer.
- Explore sources from where program relevant data can be
from Existing Data
awareness of existing data sources, and how to access them.
- Discern when using existing data is sufficient, and when
collecting new data is necessary.
already available data sources.
- Case Study 1: Learning from Existing Data
- Explore the pros and cons of using existing data versus
collecting new data.
Issues in Research
an understanding of ethical issues in conducting Operational
Research and Evaluation including ethics in data management
ethical issues in research including obtaining consent, ensuring
privacy of participants and keeping data confidential
Identification and Definition
methodology for appropriately identifying the problem and deriving
a research question to target investigation of the problem.
the problem-solving process and the steps in identifying the
issue at hand.
- Case Study 2: Problem Identification and Definition
- Review the aspects of developing strong study aims and objectives.
options for managing data to ensure efficient use and upkeep.
- Develop skills required for basic data analyses using Excel.
- Develop skills required for basic analysis of qualitative
quality management of collected data, including identification
of challenges in the data management process.
appropriate approaches for communicating findings to stakeholders.
the differing reporting needs of different stakeholders
- Activity: Targeting your Audience
- Explore the wide range of options in data visualization,
including use of charts, maps, and other graphics.
lessons covered in the module
will not be expected to pay any course fees. Fifteen (15) fellowships
are available to the selected participants and these will cover
their registration fees, course fees, course materials, tea and
lunch for the 5 days.
Due to the
limited budget, participants are responsible for their transport
costs to and from the course venue. No allowances will be provided.
Accommodation may be provided to qualifying applicants
course is planned for 15 Health Information Officers and/or Data
Managers and M&E officers (from both the civil service and NGOs)
whose abilities in this field could be enhanced through such training.
Officers based in Mashonaland Central will be given first priority.
It is a five-day
interactive training that aims at improving the skill sets of participants
in the area of use of evidence informed programming generally and
more specifically data use, management, analysis, and dissemination.The
course places emphasis on a hands-on approach, with extensive use
of case studies, participants' own experience and group activities
involving computers to ensure that participants are actively engaged.
Participants with their own laptops are preferred. An advanced-level
course is planned for the future.
15 places are
available and these will be allocated to eligible applicants on
a competitive basis.
application form you can download from this page. Send application
form and motivation letter to:
Onesimo Maguwu and Ms Cathrine Maruta
Collaborating Centre for Operational Research and Evaluation (CCORE)
6 Fairbridge Avenue, Belgravia, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: 703941/2 or 731840
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