Quantitative Survey by the EA RI Lab, Uganda

It was yet another competitive opportunity receiving over 1, 300 applications for the position of Research Assistants to carry out Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network’s (RAN)  Quantitative Survey in Uganda. Out of these applicants, 60 were shortlisted for interviews at the RAN Office premises from which 40 were selected.
The survey activities have started off with an intensive 3-days training of the Research Assistants and Pretesting of Study tools to be conducted in Kawempe Division, Kampala Uganda. Thereafter the research teams will travel to the different survey areas for data collection in the Districts of Bududa (10 research assistants), Amuria (10 research assistants), Lamwo (06 research assistants) and Hoima (14 research assistants) to benchmark the status of resilience in these communities. Also, in attendance for this 3-days training are the RAN community Focal Persons. Training facilitators include; Dr. Simon Kasasa (Consultant), Mr. Nathan Tumuhamye, Dr. Julius Ssentongo, Dr. Roy William Mayega, Christine Muhumuza and Ms. Grace Bua.
It is during this training that participants shared an overview of the project and study protocol; objectives of the project, survey organization & sampling of participants; the Role of Research Assistants, Supervisors & qualities of a good interviewer/Research Assistant; Review of English questionnaires (Content); use of the Local languages and teams also reviewed the questionnaires in Luo, Ateso, Lumasaba & Runyoro (small groups; Role play in English & Local language) taking care of the ethical issues. Feedback from the Pre-test exercise will inform review of the tools and planned protocol adjustments in preparation for the actual data collection exercise.
The general objective of this survey is to estimate baseline indicators of the drivers of vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the target communities to priority shocks or stresses as a basis for informing development of resilience dimensions and metrics so as to develop innovations that will result into improved resilience of the target communities. Specifically, the team will be looking out to: assess the dimension specific resilience factors in the RAN target communities in Uganda; determining benchmark dimensions-specific data for measuring success of resilience innovations in the RAN target communities and assessing the inter-relationships between the resilience dimensions so as to identify opportunities for leverage during innovation development in the RAN target communities.

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