Date: September 2016
Brief Description: Data Collection for an Assessment of the GHARH Mobile Health App
The aim of the study was to understand the challenges faced by, and opportunities available to, adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) providers in the Brong Ahafo Region; who have downloaded the mobile application provided by the Ghana Health Service for real-time updates on ASRH issues. The application, funded through the GHARH Project, was a cost-effective medium for building the capacity of healthcare providers in real time, replacing the conventional in-service training programmes that have existed over the years. Features available on the mobile application included resources, newsletters, job ads, events, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a help function.
Although some 500 healthcare providers in the region have downloaded this mobile application, not much was known about how useful they find the information they are furnished with, its impact on their activities,and what else can be done to improve its utility. This study assessed the relevance of the mobile application intervention in meeting the ASRH information needs of healthcare providers. It also provided a basis for sustainability and usability analyses for the mobile application. Brong Ahafo Region was the study area since the application was being rolled out among ASRH healthcare providers there.
Partner/Client: Challenging Heights
Date: June 2016
Brief Description: Challenging Heights Organisational Impact Assessment
PDA was contracted in June 2016 to conduct a research in Winneba (Central Region, Ghana), with travel to Senya (central Region, Ghana) and Yeji (Brong-Ahafo, Ghana) to measure the impact of current and past (but potentially future) programmes of Challenging Height beneficiaries of this programme, both directly (e.g. improved circumstances) and indirectly (e.g. societal changes), with particular focus on synergies of interrelated activities.
The aim of the research was:
- To gain a comprehensive and verifiable understanding of Challenging Heights’s impact, effectiveness and sustainability.
- To understand the impact of Challenging Heights’s work at the individual, family, community, national and international levels
Partner/Client: The International Network for Training Education and Research in Burns (InterBurns)
Date: May 2016
Brief Description: Interburns Study - Community Burns Survey
PDA was contracted in May 2016 to conduct a community burns survey in Ghana to provide information on the incidence, knowledge, attitudes and practices around burns in different parts of the country. This was to help Interburns develop appropriate advocacy and education materials.
PDA worked simultaneously in 7 regions in Ghana, - Northern, Upper East, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Volta, Central and Greater Accra. Our duties spanned the following:
- Field research team training to prepare the researchers’ technically
- Monitoring research activities on field to ensure quality of work produced and that teams adhere to scheduled timelines
- Carrying out data entry, cleaning and analysis
- Writing a brief data analysis report for client
Partner/Client: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
Date: Jan-Feb 2016
Brief Description: Assessment of Protection Risks and Livelihood Options
PDA was contracted by the UNHCR Ghana Office, with the overall objective to undertake research in Krisan Camp in the Western Region that will provide policy guidance ‘to advocate for, facilitate access to and support refugees residing in the Krisan Camp to pursue livelihoods options that are void of protection risks’. The study profiled the socio-economic conditions of the Krisan Camp, in order to assess the protection and livelihood opportunities and threats faced by refugees. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies the study was designed to gather data that was sufficiently disaggregated to give a nuanced understanding to gain knowledge on the dynamics governing acquisition of livelihoods assets and choice of livelihoods strategy. It also explored ‘existing and potential protection risk’ that refugees face whilst they pursue normal livelihood options and adopt coping mechanism to obtain food, water, accommodation, children education, healthcare and energy.