What participants say about SORT IT

Karapet Davtyan

National Tuberculosis Control Office, Armenia

I believe that this information will help me to provide changeable and reasonable recommendations for performance of cabinets. And recommendations will be accepted because my director and our deputy minister are very enthusiastic about this and taking care of the improvement for the TB cabinets (clinics). It also pushes me to work faster. For example, my Masters project took 2 months to complete. Here we did it in one week. It was quite tough, it was the first time I did this type of protocol so quickly. After that, I started to believe to myself I could do this faster than I used to.

Natavan Alikhanova

Head of Monitoring & Evaluation, Scientific Research institute of Lung Disease, Republic of Azerbaijan

Here in this course, I listen to my colleagues and what are their interests and their research, what are they thinking, and of course I take from them also. I could use some of these ideas for my country because it’s really important topics we discuss here. This is a really good experience exchange, I am speaking with you about your country, maybe I am never thinking of this point of view, and I hope that sometimes later some of my colleagues will do this training, because I feel that we really need these kind of trainings, to see how we can use our knowledge, our data, our information, how we can make some decisions, how to get to the stage to get to the decision, it’s really important.

Piret Viiklepp

Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, National TB Programme, Estonia

The first week was very well structured, how to do these questionnaires, how to start, how to write a study protocol and how to get the approval from study ethics, it was interesting and practical. We worked in groups and you could listen what others are doing and it was interesting.

Giorgi Kuchukhidze

Epidemiologist, National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia

With the answers you receive after this research you can really implement good things. It gives an action plan, how to act after doing it. You have a lot of chance to change something, to improve something. The thing I like about this workshop is that it is very interactive. You can’t even yawn or sleep for just one minute. The other thing I like is I know why I am doing this. I will have an output, a published article.

Anne-Beatrice Kihara

Lecturer at the University of Nairobi and works part time at a facility for maternal health

Dr Anne-Beatrice Kihara

As a practitioner, I’ve always been curious how the data that we make in our facility can be used to improve our practices and evaluate if the policies and guidelines are being followed. While trying to understand operational research, what becomes evident is that your data is really your essential tool. Collect the right data and it will answer your questions appropriately.