We clean the data as it is collected, so that it is available for data analysis immediately after field work is completed. Our electronic systems flag any potential field data errors and send an automated message to the data management team. This allows the data team to maintain a log of all errors, so that resolutions can be audited for data integrity. Automated, weekly reports track and report on the field work progress including field worker productivity reports, refusals, replacement and progress towards the study completion.
Epicentre has an independent Quality Assurance (QA) team that reviews data as it is collected to identify patterns of possible data collection problems such as questionnaire collection time being too short, too long or collected outside the designated research area. All possible data collection errors are audited and 10% of all field worker data collected.
By partnering with researchers trained in statistics, social sciences and public health disciplines as well as medical writers, we are able to analyse the data and present the study results in reports that can be submitted to the funders of the study.
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Epicentre assists with protocol writing, developing a sampling strategy, obtaining ethics approval, community preparation and the development of data collection tools.
We do staff recruitment, training and management. In the field, staff collects questionnaire data and takes biological samples which are tested by the lab.
Designing 90-90-90 programme strategies
We assist organisations in designing personalised 90-90-90 programme strategies to achieve that 90% of employees know their HIV status; 90% of those that know their status are on ARVs; and 90% of those on ARVs are virally suppressed.