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Once this information was assessed, interventions were chosen according to considerations detailed in Modules 2 and 3. At the same time, planning occurred for monitoring and evaluation of the MIP. One of the considerations for this stage of MIP planning was determining what kind of process and outcome indicators would be used.

Ontario Public Health PractionersProcess and outcome measures

“Improved working relationships between service organizations over time” was one of the Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana program’s process indicators. It was measured by the following:

Quantitative measures:

  • Number of meetings
  • Attendance by different organizations
  • Number of client referrals

Qualitative measures:

  • Staff’s perception of the working relationship
  • Statements in meeting minutes pointing to quality of working relationship
  • Quality of joint project proposals

The “number of trained lay health promoters” was an outcome indicator. It was measured by the following:

Quantitative measures:

  • Number of women who completed training
  • Number of training hours

Qualitative measures:

  • Training content
  • Types of assessment implemented to determine training success

Planning and evaluation informed one another. For Mujer Sana/Communidad Sana, four theoretical frameworks were used to conceptualize the interventions and the links among them. Evaluation activities grew out of this conceptualization, and it was important throughout the intervention and evaluation process. Ideas from the work of others using the individual frameworks was incorporated into the inter-linked version of the framework.

How have other multiple intervention programs applied theoretical frameworks to their evaluation design?

Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana project started with four linked approaches to guide the way the project team’s conceptualization of research design, intended interventions and evaluation. They were:

Participatory action research:

framework combined with lay health promotion: Research methods and interventions (community-based lay helping) promote social change

Community capacity building:

Assist in assessing organizational and community change.

Transtheoretical model:

Measure individual-level behavioural change (in breast and cervical cancer screening behaviour).

Feminism and anti-racism:

Address systemic issues within our society /organizations and focus on action to reduce social inequalities.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 08:00