Case Study | Research Support for WHO Ukraine
How do you collect, manage, analyse, and write up quantitative and qualitative data for a large-scale piece of national research conducted and published by the Ministry of Health and WHO?
Project size | $45 000+ Timeline | 2019 - Present
“Working with Fjelltopp has been a great experience, the team demonstrated a high aptitude to data analysis, scientific initiatives and leadership, providing continuous research support and proactive follow up.”
Dr Omar Saleh
Emergency and Trauma Coordinator, WHO Ukraine
Client | The World Health Organisation (WHO) employs people at a national, regional (multi-national) and global level to support its work towards enabling the highest possible levels of health for all people. Fjelltopp has worked at the national level with several WHO country offices around the globe, including WHO Ukraine. The WHO Ukraine office has been supporting the Ukrainian Ministry of Health (MoH) to develop evidence-informed national health policies and strategies with the overall goal to support the Government of Ukraine in its progress towards universal health coverage.
For this project we worked closely with the WHO Emergency and Trauma Co-ordinator, Dr Omar Saleh. We provided a technical support role to Dr Saleh and other WHO staff, bringing expertise and best practises in data collection, analysis and research.
Context | WHO Ukraine began supporting the Ministry of Health in implementing emergency medical services system reform (EMS), aimed at reducing the number of deaths and strengthening the overall capacity of the EMS. As part of this process a large scale review of the existing EMS was put in place by the WHO. The review was to approach a cross-section of different EMS staff and stakeholder groups, collecting both quantitative and qualitative data from participants across the country. The data collected from the study was to be analysed from several different perspectives and published by the WHO under several different publications. The publications would provide evidence to inform further system reform and decision making within the EMS. In total 35 different questionnaires were designed by the WHO to gather data, with 1885 different submissions received, stratified across 12 different participant groups and 25 different regions of Ukraine.
Problem | The WHO were aware that the data they wanted to collect was fairly complex in nature. They hired Fjelltopp to put in place electronic data collection (through mobile devices and electronic form submission) and best practises regarding management and analysis of the data, as well as further support for study design, evaluation and write up.
Solution | Fjelltopp reviewed the study design, and implemented the questionnaires designed by the WHO as electronic forms submitted from mobile tablet computers. The forms sent data to a central server hosted by Fjelltopp throughout the data collection phase, with real time reporting provided to the data collectors in the field.
After data collection, the electronic data was cleaned, validated and analysed by our post-doctorate consultants. This was done using a Python based framework, so that data analysis was configurable, replicable, and version controlled. It gave the WHO the flexibility to look at the data from many different perspectives and re-run different analyses with relative ease.
Fjelltopp was responsible for leading the writeup of methodology, results, and discussion for multiple reports published by the WHO. These reports include:
- Emergency Medical Services in Ukraine (2020) - focusing on Luhansk and Donetsk conflict regions of Eastern Ukraine.
- Adopting a people-centred approach to improve the prehospital care system in eastern Ukraine (2020)
- Emergency Medical Services in Ukraine (TBC) - a national level review focusing on all regions of Ukraine in the final stages of publication.
Skills | Data Analysis, Technical Writing, Research, Python
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