Example Timeline for Summer Project:
February 5th- 17th: Conduct a needs assessment over e-mail. Gather specific data from website site, government data, and evaluate the current system. Talk with staff about future direction and all partners who will be involved about criteria for success and the vision for the program. Discuss data management system.
March 20th: Criteria for my system defined. Backup system investigated, perhaps looking into digital record system used by partners in study abroad site.
April 1st: Base maps created, including data on communication infrastructure, government health data, landing strips, and medical centers are complete.
April 15th: Past flight records are mapped and maps are ready for critique by advising GIS professionals. First draft of paper records (backup) is complete.
May 20th: Backup system completed, including paper records in final format. Background research for ethnographic interviewing component undertaken.
May 30th: Instruction sessions for EMTs and pilots planned. Ethnographic interview questions outlined.
June 4th -9th : First responder course taught by my organization. A staff member will carry out ethnographic interviews with community members who volunteer. Informal interviews will be recorded, with informed consent obtained before. They will be anonymous, and only for internal use, and the audio recordings will be deleted after they are transcribed.
June 11th-23rd: EMT/basic life support for air service course.
June 12th: My study abroad program finishes and I arrive at the site.
June 14th: Present Maps and data system formally to partner organization flight service leaders and medical direction (updates will have been given all throughout the process).
June 15th: Discussion with pilots and EMTs in the course and tutorial on how to use the new data entry system. Will also present retrospective research including maps and discuss epidemiological trends in the region, importance of research going forward.
June 24th: The flight service will be launched staffed with EMTs on board and with a new record keeping and patient history system.
June 25st- July 1st: Trouble shooting with the current system, evaluation of functionality and improvements made. Take feedback from pilots and EMTs and use to improve program. Teach one of the English speaking pilots and principle organizers how to input data into ArcGIS.
June 27th – 28th: Trip to village with first responder to evaluate the functioning of the service and receive feedback from participating communities. Potentially share maps with communities.
July 1st: Return back to Saint Paul.
Summer of 2012: Continue to use data which is sent periodically from the service to evaluate program and create maps depicting epidemiological trends. Work will continue through the following year, recruiting interested students with the capacity to do statistical analysis and GIS work. Will continue to support local staff through any issues and train him to take over the map making component of the research.