Research Tools

Here we provide a range of free tools which can be used to support projects using creative methods for a) collecting data on home cleaning and hygiene related to WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) and/or Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR); b) for co-designing cleaning interventions with professionals and communities to reduce the spread of infections in the home and other built environments.

You can freely download these and modify them to suit your needs. They are in PDF format.

Tool 1: Cleaning Superhero

An icebreaker tool. It helps set the theme for a workshop/event on hygiene/cleaning, whilst providing a visual and creative way to break the ice between participants.

Tool 2: Cleaning Hotspots

These two tools enables research participants identify context-specific cleaning problems in a built environment, such as the home.

Tool 3: Bacteria Cubes

The ‘Bacteria Cubes’ tools explain some key points about different types of bacteria and their impact to health in a visual way. It helps research/workshop participants develop their understanding of bacteria and how bacteria come to be present in the home.   It also helps develop an understanding of the potential transmission pathways of some bacteria and make connections with their own activities. 

Tool 4: Cleaning insights and products

Use the first tool to report research/data insights to research participants and the second tool to gather data on the cleaning products/tools they use. These can be reported in a textual and/or visual way, depending on participant educational level.

Tool 5: Storyboard Cells

‘Storyboard cells’ lets you sketch and note down everything that is important in your cleaning actions so that someone else can follow your instructions. You can link as many cells together as you need to tell the story of each cleaning action. This tool can help with the creation of a cleaning agreement.

Tool 6: Cleaning Agreement Tool

This tools provides a clear plan of cleaning actions for each participant to follow. A plan which also constitutes the agreed cleaning actions, and their frequency, for a period of one calendar month from an agreed date. This can result from desk-based, fieldwork research or from synthesis of all the inputs provided as part of a co-design workshop.

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