Reflections on CRA recruitment
Two of the three Pilot groups have struggled to appoint and/or retain their community research assistant (CRA), with only one of the three groups’ CRAs potentially completing the role as initially envisioned. This has resulted in significant disruption to the project and might limit its outcomes. We offer two factors that might have contributed to this and might be learned from (as is the purpose of this Pilot).
The emerging value of data
Groups are now much more aware of the value of the data that they collect, store, or manage within their database. Whereas data and datasets were commonly confusing and meaningless at the start of the project, groups now recognise the value of their information and what it can tell them.
IMS Training with Wuthathi CRA (Yodie)
The Wuthathi CRA (Yodie) has requested to be trained to use some of the more sophisticated functionality of their customised information management system (IMS). Specifically, Yodie would like to understand how to build forms (the basic data-entry components of the database), so that Wuthathi can record new types of information on-the-go, as they become needed.