Executed works

Workshop 3 & 4

Date and Venue

The training-workshops took place on 19th -23rd June, 2017 at the School of Public Health University of Ghana. The training coordinating team arrived at the venue one day before in order to meet for fine-tuning of the agenda and coordination of facilitation.

Training Team

The members of the training team were

  • Amos Laar, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, GHANA
  • Eric Tenkorang, Department of Sociology, Memorial University, CANADA
  • Robert Akparibo, School of Public Health and Related Research University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK)
  • John Ganle – School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, GHANA
  • Tony Godi – School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, GHANA

Participants

The training workshop was attended by a total of 45 participants (for both workshop 2 and 3). They included researchers of varied academic backgrounds, research assistants, doctoral, and master’s students as well as faculty members.

The Training-Workshop

First workshop:  “Application of Bibliographic Tools in Literature Review and Manuscript Preparation
Day One

Dr. Amos Laar of School of Public Health, University of Ghana and Founder of HM2R opened the session by welcoming the participants. He further outlined the objectives and perspectives of the workshop and delivered the opening speech pointing out the purpose of the workshop making it clear that HM2R training workshops, which are currently essentially free aim to mentor and to build capacity in research and public health practice. Through mentoring, the workshops equip individuals with professional tools to enhance the quality of research and practice.

The first session of the workshop was facilitated by Dr. Amos Laar, detailing what literature review entails. Some of the highlights from the presentation included the following:

  • When undertaking a literature review, you identify a research question and then seek to answer this question by searching for and analyzing relevant literature using a systematic approach.
  • Ganle presented on the types of literature review and further explained the differences between each of them and what each type of review entails.
  • The last session for the day was facilitated by Dr. Robert Akparibo. He took participants through Search Strategy Development. Following the presentations and debrief, the training-workshop was adjourned.
Day Two

Day two started with a practical session on Search Strategy Development which was led by Dr. Robert Akparibo. Participant were asked to divide themselves into three groups, with each group identifying and developing a search strategy for a topic presented. The groups then presented the result of their discussions, and the rest of the participants commented on each of the presentations.

The second session for day two saw the demonstration of the Use of Bibliographic Software in Literature Review, creating, building and managing EndNote library/your references, by Mr. Tony Godi. The last session of the workshop explored keying in references manually into EndNote library, importing references from secondary databases into EndNote library, doing in-text citations and editing references in word document.

Second workshop: “Data Analysis Using SPSS.”
Day 1

The second workshop titled Data Analysis Using SPSS was facilitated solely by Prof. Eric Tenkorang. The goal of the training session was to train participants in data analysis through interactive session using SPSS. The training session demonstrated Estimation & Hypothesis Testing, Bivariate Analysis with Chi-Square & One-Way ANOVA, Bivariate Analysis with Continuous variables and Simple Linear Regression.

Days 2 and 3

In days 2 and 3, Professor  Tenkorang treated Multiple Linear Regression with both continuous and categorical predictors, doing regression diagnostics (Looking for non-normality, non- linearity, heteroscedasticity, multivariate outliers etc.) and interpreting regression output/results. The workshop ended with a practical exercise on data management with SPSS. Participant provided feedback and lauded the effort put in by the facilitator in solely facilitating such an informative session.

Wrap-up and Adjournment

The workshops ended with certificates awarded to each participant. Facilitators were given certificated and tokens of appreciation for their time and support. Dr Amos Laar concluded with a few words about the next workshop and HM2R’s future capacity building and mentoring opportunities.

Recent activities implemented by hm2r include two mentoring workshops on research methods and application of innovations in research. Synopses of workshop 2 are given below.

Workshop 2: Introduction to Research Methods

The maiden 2 day workshop for H2MR was held at the University of Ghana, School of Public Health on May 28 and 29th 2016.

It was well attended with 36 participants including researchers, doctoral and masters students, faculty and educators.

Day One

Founder and facilitator, Dr Amos Laar delivered the opening speech where he highlighted future workshops planned for H2MR.

The session began with Dr Amos Laar facilitating an engaging discussion on Basic Concepts and Methods in Research. Participants were actively engaged in thinking through the process of scientific research. Participants were able to ask questions and have meaningful responses from our able facilitators.

Dr Adolphina Addo- Lartey followed with a thorough discussion on Research Questions and Study Objectives. During this stirring discourse, participants gained hands on experience on how to write study objectives that are measureable, specific and directly related to the research questions under study. Participants came prepared with research topics and questions and therefore were able to work on their individual projects and interests.

Dr John Ganle facilitated the subsequent discussion on Problem Statement, Rationale and Justification for research studies. During this session, workshop participants were able to further define the problem statement of their individual research topics with the help of a highly trained and experienced facilitator.

Mrs. Helena Baidoo, from the Institutional Review Board of the world renowned Nogouchi Memorial Institute facilitated the discussion on ethical research standards and requirements. All participant questions about the ethical considerations for their research projects and any others were answered.

Our visiting speaker from the University of Sheffield, Dr Robert Akparibo facilitated the discussion on literature and systematic reviews. In a demonstrative and practical manner, he walked participants through the process of searching for literature in an effective systematic way. Participants with laptop computers were able to follow demonstrations on how to find journal articles and reference managing techniques and tools.

Day Two

Mr. Dwomoh Duah began the second day with a two hour in-depth discussion on Study Hypothesis, Sampling and Sample Size. This segment allowed participants to engage in actual sampling estimators and calculations. Discussions and calculations on power and its statistical significance in developing a research project.

Dr Tony Danso-Appiah followed up with a discussion on study design and its importance. Building on principles of epidemiology, he helped participants develop their knowledge further by working to design their research topics.

Dr Robert Akparibo delivered the last talk on Mixed Methods study design. This was especially helpful for participants who were interested in study methodic that combined two or more types of study designs.

Wrap-up and Adjourn

The 2 day workshop ended with certificates of participation and completion being awarded to each participant. Facilitators were given certificates and tokens of appreciation for their time and support. Dr Amos Laar concluded with a few words about the next workshop and HM2R’s future capacity building and mentoring opportunities.

Open Data Kit (ODK) System Training

Open Data Kit (ODK), is android-based software on mobile devices. This technology facilitates paperless data collection and real time transmission of data to a cloud-based for access globally. Data harvested in excel are exportable to various statistical packages for analysis and decision making.

In line with HM2R?s objective of providing mentoring/capability training in research?and pedagogy, HM2R facilitated the training (Trainers of Trainers) to equip the selected few with the competencies to execute paperless data collection initiatives (paperless data collection, and supervision). This first cohort of trainees will serve as field workers in a forthcoming research at the School of Public Health.

The training was conducted at the University of Ghana, School of Public Health, Accra ? Ghana, and facilitated by HM2R. The training was conducted during weekends and lasted four weekends with intensive practical and theory sessions lasting about five hours per session. A total of six trainees were involved: Mr Dave Quarshie, Mr Solomon Tetteh, Mr Ernest Amoah Ampah, Mr Nathaniel Coleman, Mr Bernard Owusu Amponsah, and Miss Angelina Andoh. Mr Aliyu Mohammed Research Director at ISOTECH Research Consult and a doctoral student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology was the master Trainer.

Certificates of successful completion were awarded to deserving participants.

Consultancy Services

Aside these, hm2r has provided consultancy services to local and international organizations. A non-exhaustive list of such is below. 

  1. Team Leader – External Verification of The Performance-Based-Financing Scheme in Sierra Leone. Clients: Sierra Leonean Ministry Of Health And Sanitation, Reproductive And Child Health Project (RCHP II). August– November 2016
  2. Lead Consultant – End of Project Evaluation: Improving Youth Reproductive Health in Ghana -Project- “No YAWA”. Clients: DKT International Inc, Ghana, Grameen Foundation, Mariestopes International Ghana. December 2015 – June 2016
  3. Lead Consultant: Outcome Evaluation of Long Lasting Insecticide (LLINS) Point Distribution Campaign in the Eastern and Volta Regions, Ghana. Client: Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), Bolgatanga, July 2015
  4. Lead Consultant: Development of Nutrition and Social Protection Issues Paper for Ghana. Client: National Development Planning Commission, Ghana. July 2015
  5. Lead Consultant: Understanding the Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescents in Selected Slums in Ghana. Client: Accra office of the New York-based Population Council. April 2013.
  6. Lead Consultant: Evaluation of the Integration of Family Planning into Other Health Services in Ghana: An Assessment of Four Facilities in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions, Ghana. Client: Accra office of the New York-based Population Council. December 2011.
  7. Lead Consultant: Food Security and Vulnerability of HIV-Affected Households in Ghana. Client: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Accra. May 2011.
  8. Lead Consultant: Assessment of the knowledge, attitudes and practices of residents in the Eastern Region of Ghana on malaria prevention, and treatment. Client: New York-based Population Council, and ProMPT Ghana: June 2010.
  9. Lead Consultant: Gap Analysis Paper on Food and Nutrition Assistance to persons living with HIV in Ghana. Client: United Nations World Food Program, Accra. May 2010.
  10. Team Member: Trend Analysis of Selected Health Indicators and the Routine Health Information System in Ghana: A Comparison of the Northern and Volta Regions. Client: UNICEF.
  11. Team Member: Facilitative Supervision in Nine Districts of the Upper West Region of Ghana. Client JICA. December 2010.
  12. Lead Consultant: Consulted for National Population Council, Ghana: May 2010.
  13. Lead Consultant: Consulted for the Ghana Office of the New York-based Population Council: Developed Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the ProMPT Ghana Project, April 2010.