EPHESUS: Evaluation of EU/EEA public health surveillance systems for ECDC
The aim was to evaluate and strengthen the systems collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating infectious disease surveillance data at European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) level.
Development of a generic protocol to evaluate whether EU/EEA infectious disease surveillance systems meet their objectives, provide information for public health action, add EU/EEA value and do so as efficiently as possible.
Adaptation of generic protocol for each evaluation
For each infectious disease under evaluation (35 surveillance systems evaluated), adaptation of the generic protocol to the specific objectives and attributes of each surveillance system.
Data collection for the evaluation
Development of an online questionnaire to collect data needed for the evaluation from all member states reporting surveillance data to ECDC. Organization of group discussions with stakeholders.
Summarizing the evaluation data and recommendation in a report submitted and discussed with ECDC.