Violence and Injury Prevention

Data collection course

A major shortcoming in many countries is the absence of accurate data regarding injury. The absence of accurate data makes it difficult to make evidence-based policy and planning decisions, monitor trends as well as monitor and evaluate interventions. This course provides an introduction to the collection of data, analysis and dissemination of research and reporting findings to prevent and control injury.


The aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge basis relevant to the following:

  • understanding the role of data in injury prevention and control;
  • knowledge of the data elements required and desirable for various types of injuries;
  • knowledge of the steps and obstacles involved in establishing a data collection system;
  • application of this knowledge to the design and operation of an appropriate system for collecting data on injuries;
  • ability to translate the data into information that is useful for injury prevention and control;
  • ability to use the information for positive impact on controlling injuries.

Who can benefit

This course is designed for those responsible for establishing and operating data collection systems for all types of injuries. These might include:

  • Information/statistical officers and administrators of national vital registration offices, Ministries of Health, health facilities, traffic and transportation departments, emergency services;
  • injury epidemiologists and researchers, public health specialists in injury prevention;
  • administrators of coronial systems and forensic services;
  • and many others.

It is also relevant to those involved in health or transport sector planning, health care providers, emergency personnel, safety officers, media, non-governmental organizations and many others.


The course is designed to be delivered over 4 days.

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