Study preparation

Protocol, sampling strategy, ethics approval, community preparation, and data collection tools.

By partnering with researchers trained in social sciences and public health disciplines, we are able to develop study protocols and a sampling strategy, and to obtain approval from a research ethics committee. Prior to doing community-based studies, our project staff meets with the local community and obtains approval for the researchers to enter the area. For clinic or hospital-based studies, we can assist with presenting the study and obtaining approval from the Department of Health.

Epicentre assists in the development of structured or semi-structured questionnaires as well as the development of guides for facilitating focus groups. Prior to data collection, we arrange for the translation of instruments into the required languages and we assist with the piloting of the data collections tools. Our preference is to collect questionnaire data electronically, including built-in constraints and skip patterns. Mobenzi is our preferred mobile data service provider. It allows for surveys to be uploaded in multiple languages, but exports the survey data file in English. We also record the focus group and one-on-one interviews, transcribe them and then provide a full transcript in English to the researcher for coding and analysis.

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Field work

Field work

We do staff recruitment, training and management. In the field, staff collects questionnaire data and takes biological samples which are tested by the lab.

Data management, analysis and publication writing

Data management, analysis and publication writing

We clean and review the data as it is collected, and partner with researchers for the analysis and writing up of the results.

Designing 90-90-90 programme strategies

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.