Following is a new detailed timeline based on the revised study design:
 

Activities Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
I. PRE-STUDY
a. Introduce
b. First draft and review of electronic data entry system
c. Study instrument testing and revisions (2 rounds)
d. Pre-final draft of study instrument
e. Translation and back-translation of study instrument
f. Final revisions and final draft of study instrument
g. Recruitment of in-country study personnel
h. Procurement of study materials and equipment
i. Classroom training for study teams (enumerators)
j. Ethical clearance
k. Review programme databases
II. BASELINE SURVEY
a. Baseline survey clusters 1 to 6
b. FGDs – baseline
c. Start recruitment of incidence study participants in cluster 1 and 2 and cluster 5 and 6
III. STEP 1 – FIRST 2 INTERVENTION AREAS
a. Start intervention in 2 clusters
b. Round 1 survey (Step 1 – all clusters)
c. Round 2 survey (Step 1 – all clusters)
d. Collect programme database data (monthly)
e. FGDs in intervention areas
f. Monthly follow-up of incidence study participants

 

Activities Month 5 Month 6 Month 7 Month 8 Month 9
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
IV. STEP 2 – NEXT 2 INTERVENTION AREAS
a. Start intervention in 2 more clusters
b. Round 3 survey (Step 2 – all clusters)
c. Round 4 survey (Step 2 – all clusters)
d. Collect programme database data (monthly)
e. FGDs in intervention areas
f. Monthly follow-up of incidence study participants
V. STEP 3 – LAST 2 INTERVENTION AREAS
a. Start intervention in 2 more clusters
d. Collect programme database data (monthly)

 

Activities Month 10 Month 11 Month 12 Month 13 Month 14
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
V. STEP 3 – LAST 2 INTERVENTION AREAS (CONTINUED)
b. Round 5 survey (Step 3 – all clusters)
c. Round 6 survey (Step 3 – all clusters)
d. Collect programme database data (monthly)
e. FGDs in intervention areas
f. Monthly follow-up of incidence study participants
X. DATA CLEANING AND ANALYSIS
a. Create analytical scripts in R
b. Produce analysis of data and results
XI. REPORT WRITING

 

Activities Month 15 Month 16 Month 17 Month 18 Month 19
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
XI. REPORT WRITING (CONTINUED)

 

Based on this timeline, we estimate the whole study to take no more than 16.5 months. The study activities are grouped into three phases. Phase I is pre-study activities focused on the preparatory requirements for the study. This phase is estimated to take 1 month. Phase II is the study proper which involves the whole data collection process. It is estimated to take 12 months to complete. Phase III is the data analysis and reporting stage. We estimate this phase to take no more than 3.5 months (6 weeks).