Posted: 5 Oct 2020
Closing date: 16 Oct 2020
PSI Department: Sexual and Reproductive Health
PSI’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Department supports programs in 37 countries (and counting) to deliver high-quality family planning and safe abortion services to women and girls. Among the department’s current projects is Delivering Innovation in Self-Care (DISC)—a five-year intervention that is funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and jointly implemented by PSI and the Society for Family Health (SFH) – Nigeria. DISC aims to catalyze women’s self-injection of DMPA-SC contraception in Nigeria and Uganda, and more broadly to spark a self-care movement across healthcare systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.
DISC Willingness to Pay / Discrete Choice Experiment Context
As noted above, DISC’s core objective is to encourage and enable women to self-inject DMPC-SC, a contraceptive product that has great potential to help Sub-Saharan African countries to fulfill their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for family planning and sexual health. In Q4 of 2020 and Q1 of 2021, DISC is developing and launching a
marketing campaign to reach a) birth spacing mothers; and b) young urban women with information and tailored messaging to compel sexually active women to initiate DMPA-SC self-injection. In preparation for this campaign, DISC has conducted research to gather insights on the behavior, interests, and priorities of both consumers and providers of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Additional data is needed, however, to fill gaps in knowledge of the economic aspects of consumer and provider behavior—specifically consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for DMPA-SC.
Specific Responsibilities and Tasks
A tried-and-true method for determining WTP is the Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE), a survey approach that asks participants a series of ‘preference’ questions that methodically reveal participants’ optimal price range, pegged to specific product features (see DCE Study Protocols linked below for details). DISC’s selected research partner will conduct a DCE in Nigeria and/or Uganda, in the states/districts specified below. (Bidder can opt to propose working in either one or both countries based on organizational capacities). The DCE will focus on DISC’s target audience – women aged 18-49: specifically, birth spacing mothers and young women in rural and urban areas. The DCE will entail the following responsibilities and tasks:
Recruiting and Training Study Staff:
● Recruit study field staff who are positioned to conduct the DCE in the specified states/districts (the successful Bidder is expected to provide all staffing for this study, with the exception of the Principle Investigators in each country, which are DISC staff)
● Develop detailed study implementation plan including training plan for study field staff, for example, facilitators/supervisors and enumerators. Develop detailed study implementation plan including training plan for study field staff, for example, facilitators/supervisors and enumerators.
● Develop training materials in line with protocol procedures and train field teams on ethical conduct, recruitment, research methodologies, data collection and field procedures, including preparation of training materials The field team will be trained on: Informed consent, Privacy and confidentiality, Distinguishing identifiable and de-identifiable data during data collection, Constructing unique identifying codes (UIC), Human subject protection, unanticipated and serious adverse events during data collection. Develop detailed study implementation plan including training plan for study field staff, for example, facilitators/supervisors and enumerators.
● Submit training report within one week of completion
Pilot and Data Collection:
● Pilot instruments in-field; suggest modifications to study instruments.
● Collect data using the approved data collection instruments and following the quality assurance procedures outlined in the study protocol. Incorporate PSI best practices for data collection, including the use of SurveyCTO, an Open Data Kit platform, for collection of quantitative data.
● Provide real time data access during collection.
● Ensure corrective actions in the case of data quality concerns.
● Submit pilot report within one week of completion.
Data analysis and Reporting:
● Submit progress reports/status reports according to the specified timeline in this contract.
● Clean and process data following quality assurance measures as outlined in the study
● Present a final field report following data collection.
● Present study deliverables in the specified format by agreed upon date with PSI.
● Participate in study team calls with DISC’s Principal Investigators in each country, and
PSI’s research team.
Research Ethics, Protocol Adherence, and Supervision:
● As noted above, the Bidder must ensure that the field team(s) are trained on: Informed consent, Privacy and confidentiality, Distinguishing identifiable and de-identifiable data during data collection, Constructing unique identifying codes (UIC), Human subject protection, unanticipated and serious adverse events during data collection.
● Follow ethical procedures, including informed consent, as stipulated in the study
● Adhere to all COVID-19 rules, regulations, policies, and procedures governing PSI,
PSI/Uganda, SFH/Nigeria and the countries in which the study will take place.
● Facilitate PSI supervisory visits of field work when requested.
The Bidder is requested to conduct the DCE in the following subnational areas:
Uganda: Northern, Eastern, Southwestern, Central, and Kampala
Nigeria: Lagos, Oyo, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger
DISC will give preference to Bidders that is able to complete the study in a timely and
efficient manner, while also maintaining a high degree of quality. DISC hopes for the
study to be completed before the end of Q1 of 2021 (i.e. before March 2021).
How to apply
Interested applicants should follow this link to get access to the full RFP.