Program Delivery and Evaluation Network
The objective of the Program Delivery and Evaluation Network was to conduct applied research evaluating public health strategies to improve influenza immunization uptake. Building on their previous work as well as pursuing additional priorities of public health importance, the network conducted a variety of studies in 2013-14 to improve vaccine uptake, including using a smartphone application to record immunization data of infants, reviewing comments on articles in online news media to understand public perceptions of immunization against various diseases, developing methods to automatically monitor attitudes towards vaccines on the Internet, examining the effectiveness of a policy in British Columbia making influenza immunization a condition of service for healthcare workers, and conducting a pilot study comparing the use of live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) vs. trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) given through schools.
From 2009-11, the Program Delivery and Evaluation Network evaluated methods for measuring pandemic vaccine coverage, including a study of the perceptions of immunization information systems, a time-and-motion study on data collection comparing electronic and hybrid systems, a study measuring perceptions of frontline staff on data collection methods , an economic evaluation of hybrid and electronic data collection systems, and a pilot study evaluating the impact of integrating barcoding technology for the automated identification of vaccine products for vaccine inventory recording at public health mass immunization clinics. In 2011-12, the network conducted a study piloting the use of scannable forms as a tool for immunization data capture in a public health mass immunization clinic and a long-term care facility; completed a pan-Canadian survey on immunization coverage in healthcare workers in collaboration with the Canadian Healthcare Influenza Immunization Network (CHIIN); assessed the presence of ethnic disparities in influenza vaccine coverage in Canada; and developed and piloted an evaluation framework for comprehensively assessing electronic influenza immunization data collection systems. In 2012-13, the network studied parental perceptions of school-based influenza immunization and tested the use of barcoding technology to record vaccine data into electronic medical record system, in addition to working on some of the studies listed above.