Work Packages 1 and 2 present IR proposal to internal stakeholders

As part of Implementation Research capacity building activities by the SAVING Consortium, the UHAS team (WP1 & 2), on the 10 March 2022, presented a proposal developed at the training workshop to the University community at the 13th University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) Technical Meeting held via Zoom.

The meeting was chaired by Prof. Elvis Tarkang, faculty member at the F.N. Binka School of Public Health, UHAS, and member of Research Ethics Committee (REC) and was attended by about twenty-five participants.

Ms. Evelyn Acquah presented on the SAVING Consortium, followed by Mr. Edem Vidzro, who presented on the Implementation Research (IR) proposal developed by the Consortium’s Work Packages 1 and 2. Ms. Acquah gave an overview of the SAVING Consortium, shared the Consortium’s progress, and explained the capacity-building activities which have led to the IR proposal. She specifically outlined the Consortium’s face-to-face training workshop on IR, adopting the Tropical Disease Research (TDR) Implementation Research (IR) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), as well as the IR proposal development workshop, which had led to the IR topic under consideration.

Mr. Edem Vidzro then presented the WP1 & 2 IR proposal, entitled “Addressing low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in the Volta Region of Ghana”, covering an introduction, problem statement, justification, research questions, general and specific objectives, methodology, ethics, stakeholder analysis, and research and dissemination plan.

After the presentation, the Chair gave the participants the opportunity for questions and suggestions to help improve the writeup. Questions and suggestions posed were as follows:

  • What is the sampling strategy and sample size?
  • Is there any risk involved in the study and how can it be minimised?
  • What are the benefits and compensations?
  • Research questions should match against specific objectives.
  • Clearly outline data analysis plan, including that of interviews and questionnaire.

In his closing remarks, Prof. Elvis Tarkang commended the team for the work done so far, emphasising the timeliness of the study. He also encouraged the WP1 & 2 teams to work on the comments provided to ensure that the study should be carried out successfully.