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September 1, 2015 
2013-14 Malawi Service Provision Assessment (MSPA) Data Analysis Workshop

The DHS Program is seeking applications from universities, research institutes, the Ministry of Health, and non-governmental organizations in Malawi for a Service Provision Assessment (SPA) Data Analysis Workshop, to be held in Malawi from December 3 to 11, 2015. The workshop will teach participants to analyze the 2013-14 Malawi SPA (MSPA) data to address research questions related to delivery and quality of health services in Malawi. The content of the workshop will include SPA methodology, data files, survey sampling and weighting, data merging, variable recoding, linear/logistic regression, and data interpretation. Participants will work in teams of three people throughout the workshop to answer a pre-identified research question through analysis of the MSPA data. At the end of the workshop, each team will give a PowerPoint presentation to stakeholders outlining their final research questions, preliminary literature review, conceptual framework, key variables, analytical methods, preliminary analysis results, and policy implications.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must apply as a team of three individuals from the same institute in Malawi and be familiar with issues in the healthcare system of Malawi
  • Must have at least a Master's degree in public health, demography, statistics, or related subject. A Master's degree is not necessary if the participant has equivalent experience in data use and analysis
  • Must be able to attend every day of the workshop
  • Must have a laptop computer that can be used throughout the workshop
  • Must be committed to share the information with colleagues after the workshop is completed
Applications should include the following:
  • A completed application form (one per team)
  • A one page proposal (one per team) outlining a research question that could be answered with the MSPA data and describing its potential program or policy significance
  • A curriculum vitae for each team member with a list of publications and complete contact information (Email, Telephone, and Mailing Address)
Lodging and meals will be covered during the workshop. In addition, participants will be provided a small payment for incidental expenses and local transportation. The statistical software package Stata 14 will be provided for use during the workshop. Applicants who are accepted must submit a letter from their employer approving participation for the entirety of the workshop.

Please send applications and inquiries to Soni Fitzhugh ( no later than October 9, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 30, 2015.

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