The training covered critical issues such as methods and techniques for collecting good quality data, ethical conduct of researchers, the difference between monitoring and evaluation, and data capturing. The facilitators gave practical examples of how the baseline study will be conducted. Participants were given a chance to engage with baseline study tools to get an understanding of them, as well as being afforded the opportunity for them to make their own inputs.
The training was participatory and interactive in nature, and feedback from the participants was that it was hugely worthwhile. But what did also become evident was that the baseline study will require a lot of work, and in-country teams will need a lot of support to carry it out successfully.