CSK offers technical support in designing research projects and program monitoring and evaluation plans. Our wide knowledge of the Tanzanian context, including the Tanzanian health care system enables us to provide our clients with key inputs to their concept ideas and strengthening their research activities implementation plans. Our assistance in this area include;
• Providing input regarding knowledge gaps on the study topic in Tanzania
• Offering technical assistance in formulating/refining research aims and objectives
• Offering technical assistance in selecting appropriate research methods, study populations and study sites
• Offering advice on the feasibility of study implementation plans in Tanzania setting, and
• Designing/refining of the study instruments, including tools piloting, to ensure that they effectively capture relevant information in line with the research aims and objectives.
CSK as well provides technical assistance in developing project monitoring and evaluation plans, including selection of strong key performance indicators and designing tools to capture related data. Below are a few examples of past assignments where members of our team offered technical support in project design and development.
Examples of past assignments on project design and development.
Dexis consulting group, Washington DC.
May to Oct 2017
A consultant based at CSK offered technical input to the design of the end-line evaluation of the USAID-funded RESPOND Tanzania Project (RTP) that was implemented by EngenderHealth from 2012-2017. Her input to this evaluation was in particular on the Tanzanian health systems in the areas of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). She as well provided inputs to the data collection methods and tools, and participated in the planning of field visits, including selection of sites to be visited based on various factors as identified through a desk review of key program data and relevant government documents.
Dec 2015 – Feb 2016
CSK was contracted by WaterAid, Tanzania, to support the development of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) toolkit. Activities under this assignment included; providing technical input to the design of the WASH toolkit, including drafting of the data collection tools (part of the toolkit) to be used in assessing WASH conditions in different locations. CSK as well lead a stakeholders’ workshop to review the WASH toolkit and supported a situation analysis of WASH in hospitals, schools, household, public places, and utilities in Babati district using the developed toolkit. Data collection tools under the WASH toolkit included, school survey, hospital survey, observational checklists, and KII and FGD guides.
Department for International Development (UK) (DFID), Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
Sep 2015, Oct 2014 & Sep 2014
A consultant based as CSK was part of Technical Review Panel twice (Sep 2014 & Sep 2015) for Funding Applications Under Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF); which is a five-year, £ 30 million UK Government supported challenge fund to create social impact in education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania. Her main role under this assignment was to provide rigorous technical assessment and scoring of concept notes submitted to HDIF for funding. In one of the rounds (Oct 2014), she also provided technical support to shortlisted applicants to develop their innovations to a full business plan in line with HDIF requirements for submission to round 2 evaluations.
Sep – Oct 2014
A consultant based at CSK was contracted to offer technical support to the design of “an assessment of strengths and gaps in the National School WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) guidelines in supporting improved learning environment for adolescent girls in Tanzania”. Main responsibilities under this assignment included, providing technical support to the study design (including sample size calculations), conducting technical review of the data collection tools, providing input to the data analysis plan and participating in training of enumerators from the Ministry of education and vocational training (MoEVT) and Ministry of Water (MoW).
Jhpiego, Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
Jan - Jun 2014
A consultant based at CSK was contracted to support development of the study protocol, including data collection tools for a mixed methods study “HIV sexual partner tracing for Voluntary Counseling and Testing” in Njombe region, Tanzania. Specific activities under this assignment included, conducting a literature review of similar studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, drafting of all sections of the protocol, drafting of both the quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and providing input to the sample size.