Evaluation of Preliminary Timeline

We are evaluating a preliminary timeline for the first gender data gap challenge which is in the domain of mental health.

In this data challenge, teams will be tasked with collecting diverse data on how women experience depression and the context around this experience. If we sent 15 to 20 teams (consisting of anywhere between one to four people) to collect data on women’s experiences, socio political determinants, and the contexts in which they experience depression across a range of rural or urban settings globally, how much time would be sufficient for all teams to collect both qualitative and quantitative data addressing these areas? Keep in mind the collected data would include standard survey responses and qualitative data, such as interviews.

Evaluation of Preliminary Timeline
  • The timeline (17 months) is audacious, but achievable
  • The timeline is too short
  • The timeline is too long

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…please stop using ‘suffer’
Your IRB time is too short for most LMIC.
Data collection time frame is dependent on being able to arrange interviews, travel to them, conduct them, travel back. Qualitative research is not like quantitative research - interviewers need time between interviews to write notes, memos and code data as those data inform the next interviews.

Thanks @mhackett for providing feedback on the timeline.

Just like @mhackett I’d like to stress that quantitative research takes a lot of time to be done right.

Thanks @“ÅsaEkvall” for providing feedback on the timeline.
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If you were doing just quantitative you could do so in 17 months- particularly if apps were used for surveys etc. Qualitative interviews etc take much longer.

@jpayne5 - Thanks Dr. Payne for sharing your thoughts. What would be an appropriate timeframe in your opinion for collecting both qualitative and quantitative data?

At least 2 years and probably 3.

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AGREED! In LMIC - will need minimum 6 months and a fee for the review is typical.

Three years for a mixed methods study is tight but feasible.

Thanks @ktabb for sharing your views.

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The timeline is too short. Repeated visits might be required to evaluate the field and interact with the respondents. Comparisons between respondents’ conditions and circumstances might add new dimensions to research. For instance, there is a difference between a woman’s condition one month after delivery and six months after delivery. Similarly, certain cultural contexts might facilitate interactions and certain others might restrict. If the field is rural India, for instance, harvest time will be very difficult for fieldwork as people are busy.

I agree provisionally with the idea of thirty-six months. I think first you need to consider concepts. What exactly is depression? And how is it demonstrated in different societies? I think you could first look at survey data already out there. I believe there are surveys of happiness by country and I seem to recall that Denmark was the happiest country is one such survey. Depression is a series of different problems including bipolar, simple depression and maybe others. It can be related to economic statistics such as unemployment, to measures of drug use etc. The real question is what is the intended purpose of this information and theefore whether it is valid. If we are trying to improve the economic status of women in a society then I really think we should look at careful studies of communities in which women were able to improve their economic situation by learning a craft such as weaving or pottery making, or where a micro loan project had successfully put women to work. Then we could compare these communities with communities elsewhere in the same province etc. where such improvements had not occurred and see the differences. These studies could then be used to expand the development projects. On the other hand this would not get at depression that is unrelated to anything but physiological processes and that would be a different kind of research, more in the nature of a double blind study of drugs to treat depression in nonwestern milieux. I have not seen evidence of what aspects of depression in women are of concern here but I would think in thirty-six months all of this could be sorted out and good data from expemental (including survey research) and nonparticipant observation studies could be gotten.

Thanks @Suneetharani and @boblf029 for sharing your views on the prize timeline.
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