221.631.81 Evaluation Methods for Injury Interventions
- International Health
- 3rd term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.
In 2017, injuries were responsible for 4.5 million deaths and almost a billion non-fatal injuries, over 90% of which occurred in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Well-designed and well-conducted evaluation of safety programs is critical to assess the efficacy and efficiency of possible interventions to affect change particularly in resource challenged settings. This course gives students an introduction to and basic understanding of some of the commonly used study designs in safety program evaluation: pre-post, time series, randomized trial, qualitative assessment and cost-benefit analysis.
Prepares students to participate in designing, conducting, and translating evaluations of LMIC safety programs for policy and advocacy. Content lectures discuss specific methods for data collection and analysis. Discusses and critiques case studies and how these designs have been used in LMIC settings. Introduces data collection using previously validated tools from organizations such as the WHO, methods for analysis using widely available software such as Microsoft Excel, and basic concepts of translating evaluation information into safety policy and advocacy.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe and critique evaluations of injury prevention programs conducted in LMICs, including the study design, sampling methodology, quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques, and basic descriptive analysis
- Participate in the design and conduct of safety program evaluations using standardized tools and techniques developed specifically for evaluations in LMICs
- Access and compile publicly available aggregate data from various sources into a data set and perform basic mathematical calculations to understand the burden of injuries in a given area and to assess changes in the burden within the context of an intervention program
- Participate in the translation of findings from safety-related aggregate data and evaluations of safety programs to advocate for change to policy makers in an LMIC
- Methods of Assessment:
Discussion Forum discussions 20%
Active participation in Live Talks 5%
Background Report 35%
Measurement and Evaluation Proposal 40%
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required