Surveys & Research

We design, implement, interpret and disseminate the findings of representative surveys, operations research and comparative studies.

Surveys & Research

1. Surveys

We conduct large-scale population-based surveys, facility or outlet surveys as well as surveys targeting specific stakeholders. Our survey services encompass design, planning, implementation, data cleaning and analysis, presentation, and dissemination.
We apply state-of-the-art sampling techniques, cost effectively obtaining accurate, representative data. Using our extensive survey implementation experience, we optimize data collection, entry and management with a high level of quality control. Our comprehensive data analysis includes measures of equity and complex analytical modelling. We ensure context-specific interpretation of data, and triangulation of findings based on relevant publications. We provide comprehensive reports, distilling key findings into actionable take-aways.
• For population-based surveys, we can deliver standardized modules such as those from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) or Multi Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), as well as specialized surveys for particular diseases, including bio-markers or anthropometry assessments, as well as socio-economic parameters and social determinants of outcomes.
• We also provide technical guidance in developing and implementing health facility-based surveys to assess quality of care, facility readiness for health services, exit interviews or mystery client surveys.
• We offer unique expertise in the design and implementation of health commodity market surveys to assess market and pricing profiles and trends in market development.

2. Operations research and comparative studies

Our operations research, a particular strength of Tropical Health, helps to identify bottlenecks or gaps in health services, supply chain issues, health product performance, enabling programme implementers to refine plans and health service provision and ensuring that scarce resources are used efficiently and effectively.
We conduct operations research in many areas such as health system strengthening, reproductive health, maternal, neonatal and child health, and nutrition as well as disease control, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and neglected tropical diseases. We conduct both qualitative and quantitative studies, including observational studies, cluster-randomised control trials and quasi-experimental studies.

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