SocialNet: Social and behavioural insights COVID-19 data collection tool for Africa

Timely data and insights into people’s changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors can ensure that the response to COVID-19 is tailored and adapted to the needs of the population. This course introduces a data collection tool that can help countries or regions capture and use this type of data in their response to the pandemic.

Self-paced
Language: English
COVID-19

Course information

Overview: The pandemic continues to highlight a pressing need to use social and behavioural data alongside biomedical data to mount an effective response to COVID-19. Given the challenges in capturing up-to-date social and behavioural data, WHO has developed the ‘Social and behavioural insights COVID-19 data collection tool for Africa’ (SBI Tool). Adaptable to the context in which it is applied, this tool can be used by WHO Country Offices, NGOs, universities or other groups interested in capturing quantitative and qualitative social and behavioural data.

This course is for anyone looking to use the SBI Tool to better inform their response to COVID-19. The course explains how to use the tool and provides tips and tricks to ensure implementation is successful and impactful.

The SBI Tool is available at:
https://www.afro.who.int/publications/social-and-behavioural-insights-covid-19-data-collection-tool-africa

The ‘Case study: Pilot implementation in Nigeria and Zambia’ is available at:
https://www.afro.who.int/publications/social-and-behavioural-insights-covid-19-data-collection-tool-africa-case-study-pilot

Course duration: This course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Certificates: A Confirmation of Participation certificate is also available for participants who complete at least 85% of the course material.

What you'll learn

  • Give public health practitioners, researchers and governments the skills to rapidly collect social and behavioural data to inform their response to COVID-19 using the Social and Behavioural Insights Data Collection Tool for COVID-19
  • Broaden and enhance the understanding of social and behavioural data as an important tool to complement other sources of data to support the response to COVID-19 as well as other health emergencies

Course contents

  • Module 1: Introduction to Behavioural Insights and the SBI Tool:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to describe the utility of social and behavioural data in an emergency response and describe the structure of the SBI Tool.
  • Module 2: Preparation Phase:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to list the steps involved in setting up the project, identify the resources required, draft the required documents for obtaining approvals from ethics bodies and explain the process and benefits of testing.
  • Module 3: Preparing and Conducting Fieldwork:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to describe the steps taken to run the fieldwork and the common challenges.
  • Module 4: Analysis, Reporting, and Dissemination:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to create a strategy for analysing data gathered through the SBI Tool and select the best dissemination strategy for sharing the analysis findings with stakeholders.
  • Module 5: Turning Data into Action:

    By the end of this module, you should be able to describe the steps to design a behaviourally informed intervention based on SBI Tool findings.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 85% of the course material.