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Ontario Public Health PractionersSynergy indicators

The project developed ways to capture and measure synergies among interventions.
Sometimes, in the course of a MIP, indicators need to be adjusted, as the MSCS MIP discovered.

Adjusting indicators:

One of the key partners in the Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana project was the health centre, but it had been forced to close its medical practices and could not accept new clients. The project’s goal was to have more Hispanic women use the health centre during and after the intervention. The project team succeeded in getting an exemption from the closure for Hispanic women who wanted health-centre services. However, plans still had to be adjusted. Because the practices were closed, the project could not examine whether the intervention meant more Hispanic women were starting to use the health centre compared to new visits from non-Hispanic women.

Since sustainability was of major importance to the project, measures of sustainability were explored.

Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana and sustainability

It was planned from the start that Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana would transfer aspects of its work to other communities and seek out long-term funding. The project team knew the 2.5-year timeframe was too short to show whether the project had long-term effects, such as whether women would continue to be screened for cervical and breast cancer. So short-, medium- and long-term outcomes for individual, organizational, and community change were developed and included in the project logic model. The project team also developed sustainability indicators:

  • Key organizations continue to work together on joint programs after the project is finished
  • Lay health promoter positions continue at health service delivery organizations

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 07:56