Current works

Following a successful implementation of the Introduction to Research Methods, and Application of Paperless Data Collection Technologies Workshops, hm2r is implementing the following mentoring workshops this year/2017.

Aside the mentoring workshops, hm2r is currently mobilizing resources to deploy a multi-pronged intervention on increasing reproductive health literacy among such stakeholders as (adolescents/young people, various community gatekeepers, healthcare providers, and policy makers). Details are given under hm2r’s ASRH literacy project.

Planned Mentoring Workshops

Practical application of bibliographic tools in literature review and manuscript preparation

We have become aware, based on our collective experiences and personal anecdotes from our mentees that many students, as part of their training, are instructed, to perform literature review, without an in-depth understanding what a literature really is. Others are aware that it is a process of gathering information from other sources and documenting it, but few have any idea of how to evaluate the information, or even how to present it. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of literature through critical exploration of literature review dos and don’ts. It will provide participants practical training on how to adopt a systematic approach to literature review; how to apply bibliographic/reference management tools in the literature review process; and the process of journal manuscript preparation

Part 1: Adopting a systematic approach to literature review

Part one would focus mainly on what Literature Review is, the types of LR and the processes in conducting LR. It would take the following form:

o  Literature review: what it entails; what a literature review is not?

o  The purpose of a literature review

o  Types of literature reviews

  • Step-by-step guide to literature review
  • Adopting a systematic approach to literature review

o  Avoiding plagiarism in literature review

Part 2: Application of bibliographic/reference management tools in the literature review process. The second part will be hands-on training on the use of EndNote and LaTeX

EndNote training will cover following activities

  • Create, build and managelibrary of your references
  • Import references from secondary databases into EndNote/Mendeley
  • Search strategies
  • Insert references manually into EndNote/Mendeley
  • Choose the correct reference type record
  • Cite-While-You Write facility; in-text citations and edit references in word documents
  • Change the citation style of your research document

For LaTeX

  1. References and Bibliographies
    1. Importance of proper documentation
    2. MLS Formatting
    3. APA Formatting
    4. Ways to organize your Research
  1. Getting Started in LaTex
    1. Intro to LaTex
      1. What is LaTex?
        1. Tex vs. LaTeX
      2. Why use LaTex, rather than just another word processor?
    2. Downloading LaTex
      1. Group Exercise_part A – let’s download TexLive
  • Some beginning LaTex commands
    1. Preamble
    2. Special Characters
    3. Format of a Tex/LaTeX document
    4. Group Exercise _ part B– Let’s make a simple document
    5. Group Exercise _part C – open our file
      1. Preview
      2. Ps file
  • Pdf file
  1. References
    1. We can create our references using what we have learned already
    2. Group exercise – create simple reference
    3. Packages
  1. BibTeX and BibliTex
    1. Your document class is important here
      1. Output is either ‘references’ or’bibliography’
    2. Set your Environment as {the bibliography}
  1. Creating Control Sequences and Embedding
    1. Group exercise – let’s create two references and embed them in a document
  • Putting it All Together

Part 3: Journal manuscript preparation

Training of students at the graduate level (Masters and PhD) requires that they undertake research projects after their taught class. Essentially they are tasked to plan, gather data, conduct analysis of their data and then present written dissertations of their research. However, many students/graduates lack these competencies particularly turning their dissertations into publishable academic manuscripts. This component of the workshop would equip the students, and interested faculty with the requisite skills in journal manuscripts preparation. This will be a hands-on/ practical workshop where participants are put into groups guided on manuscript preparation and the choice of journal to publish their manuscripts. Ultimate output is a publishable manuscript worked out with the help of linked facilitators.

Team of facilitators

The team of facilitators are experienced faculty members from University of Ghana (four facilitators), Memorial University, Canada (one facilitator), and University of Sheffield, UK (one facilitator). They have mentored students in research over years and contributed to successful research projects with other faculty members. The facilitators believe that providing graduae students with the professional tools will be enhance their quality of research and improve on their practices and work.

  • Amos Laar, Legon – University of Ghana, Legon
  • Tony Danso-Appiah – University of Ghana, Legon
  • John Ganle – University of Ghana, Legon
  • Tony Godi – University of Ghana, Legon
  • Robert Akparibo, Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Eric Tenkorang, , Memorial University, Canada

Workshop 4: Data analysis

Hands-on training on data analysis: Participants come with datasets, or datasets provided by hm2r. Ultimate output is a publishable manuscript worked out with the help of linked facilitators.