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Developing ICT Research Skills

ICT Research Skill in Kenya

The project “Developing ICT Research Skills and Institutional Capacity in Kenya” is supported by the National Institute of Health Fogarty International Center to provide training courses for Kenyan health researchers in information and communication technology (ICT).The online course “Principles and Practice of Research Data Management and Collection” supported by the program is now open for enrollment.

This course will focus on:

  • Clinical research data management
  • Principles of database design
  • Use of international controlled vocabulary standards for creation of research variables and their values using Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)
  • Creation of paper and electronic data capture forms
  • Principles and practice of information security
  • Mobile data collection with an emphasis on Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Methods for compliance with international regulatory requirements independent data audits and other approaches to data validation

 
Participants accepted for the course will be required to create a research data management plan and implement a sample study using REDCap and ODK.
 
If you are interested in taking the course, you will need to complete an application form available at http://edgh.washington.edu/project/fogarty-kenya-ict/principles-application
The online course will commence in early January 2016 and is scheduled to run for 8 weeks. The deadline for submitting applications is 30th November 2015.
 
Candidates who complete the online courses and pass the online course requirements will receive a certificate of completion. In addition, they will be eligible to apply to participate in an in-person workshop that will be conducted in Nairobi to practice what was learnt online and subsequent mentored project. Please note that completion of the online Principles and Practice of Research Data Management and collection course is required for those interested in taking the workshop and subsequent mentored project.
 
Please feel free to circulate this advertisement widely to friends and colleagues who might be interested in this course.
 
Workshop and Mentored training
 
Selection of those to participate in the workshop will be competitive. Candidates will be selected competitively based on a scoring system and must meet the following conditions:
 

  • Completed undergraduate training or higher
  • Attained a pass mark of 70% in the online courses
  • Submission of an up to date CV
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay or statement.
  • Identified a project for mentored training
  • High participation  in the online course

 
The in-person workshop program will only cater for tuition and day time meals. You will be required to plan for your own accommodation and travel.
 
Registration in the course and submission of an application requires a Gmail account. If you do not currently have one, you can create one for free here: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp
 
If you have any questions or need any clarification, do not hesitate to contact us by emailing ICTKenya@uw.edu  or calling 0786-211731.
We look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

 

Prof Michael Chung, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Departments of Global Health,
Medicine and Epidemiology University of Washington,
Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Dr. Elisha Opiyo, PHD
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Informatics,
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. John Kinuthia MMED, MPH
Head,Department of Research & Programs
Kenyatta National Hospital,Kenya