A â€œguided tourâ€
of the Surveillance Design Process
RISKSUR is developing a framework to help those involved in the planning and documentation of surveillance design activities. The final product will be made available as a web-based decision-support tool.
A stepwise approach to the surveillance design process has been developed based on extensive research and consultation involving:
- Literature reviews
- A review of existing surveillance systems in Europe
- Expert knowledge
- Feedback from future users
As the surveillance design advances through the steps (selection of target population, sampling strategy, sample collection, etc.), the framework ensures that all necessary surveillance planning parameters are defined. The user enters all information they have collected or generated during the process into an electronic form, which can be used to generate a report in PDF format. This document can be used for communication with relevant stakeholders, including international organisations and trading partners, as well as part of future reviews of the system.
The framework, which is currently being tested with volunteer user groups, will also be in the focus of a workshop "Constructing a General Framework for the Design of Surveillance Systems", to be held at the SVEPM meeting 2015, in Ghent, Belgium, on March 25th. If you would like further information about the workshop, please contact Fernanda Dorea at the SVA.