With the financial support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Vital Strategies and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a Data to Policy (D2P) training and will provide mentorship. The skills-based D2P training will assist the Ministry of Health (MoH) in developing policy briefs for identified high priority health policy using local, regional, and national data. The policy topic and possible solutions will be required prior to initiating the training. The training consists of one 5-day classroom session (March 14-18, 2016) followed by 4 days of one-on-one mentorship (March 21-24, 2016) then 4 months of ongoing remote mentorship from CDC Headquarters in Atlanta (April-July 2016). We will then bring attendees back together for a second 5-day classroom session to finalize their policy briefs (August 2016). Strong mentorship will be provided during and between training sessions. At the end of the training program, participants will have completed a polished policy-brief on a topic important to the government and be prepared to present the brief to the MoH and relevant stakeholders. NOTE: Travel expenses, lodging, and food will be provided by the program. Per diems will NOT be provided to attend the training.
Policy Topic Guidelines
In addition to reflecting government priorities for immediate action, policy topics should:
Include both an important public health problem and potential solutions
(e.g., problem: high rates of lung cancer; potential solution: the reduction of smoking rates via tobacco taxes or warning labels). NOTE: If appropriate policy-solutions have not yet been identified, participants must commit to determining them before the second training session
Be able to take advantage of existing data sources
(e.g. health surveys such as DHS, STEPS, Vital Statistics data, and health management information systems, etc.)
Must be a topic that can be investigated and completed within a 4-6 month period between training sessions