On 11 May 2020 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Salimata (centre) and other call centre operators take calls as part of the country's COVID-19 response measures.

The rapid collection and effective use of contextual information is a key aspect to saving lives during epidemics.

A team led by the Rapid Research, Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) at University College London are interested in understanding the primary needs and problems encountered by public health response teams, health authorities, researchers, clinicians and managers when responding to disease epidemics such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

They have put out a call for research participants to shed light light on these issues. Participants would take part in a short interview carried out over the phone or via Skype. If you are interested, here is an information sheet with the study details, what your participation will involve, potential benefits and risks of taking part.

By taking part in the study, you will help improve the use of research evidence to inform response efforts in the context of epidemics. The findings will be used to design a new rapid mixed-methods research methodology to generate evidence to inform response efforts in a timely manner.

Should you be interested in getting involved, please get in touch with the research team directly at [email protected].