Opening Access to Economic Data to Prevent Tobacco and Alcohol Related Diseases in Africa
This project will increase awareness and access to economic and policy data for tobacco and alcohol-related policies in sub-Saharan Africa among researchers, policymakers, and public health advocates. Data available, but low awareness There is a general perception that little to no data is available for tobacco and alcohol control research in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, there is significant infrastructure in African countries to collect relevant economic and policy data through national household and consumer surveys. This infrastructure, usually in national statistical offices, has been strengthened through collaborations with intergovernmental and civil society organizations, and academic institutions. Data is also increasingly available from global surveys, such as the -Global Youth and Adult Tobacco Surveys -International Tobacco Control Policy Survey -International Alcohol Control Survey Collecting and sharing data The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that economic data can be collected and disseminated through a centralized open data platform, and used for policy-relevant research. The project team will collect both tobacco and alcohol data, and apply the same data collection processes. They will use the data and platform to improve capacity to conduct policy-relevant research in a number of sub-Saharan African countries. The project objectives include: -Establish working relationships with national agencies and statistical authorities in three countries (covering the East, West, and Southern Africa regions) -Develop the institutional and technical infrastructure required to publish open data -Test the feasibility of collecting, presenting, and opening access to data through the DataFirst platform -Develop strategies to increase data quality and maximize data use -Monitor progress and evaluate the project to inform the development of a larger-scale clearinghouse The project will play a strategic role in developing a continent-wide approach to the economics of non-communicable disease research. Centralizing and opening access to economic data will also enable countries to act more rapidly on policy development and on curbing the fast-growing non-communicable disease epidemic.