Impact evaluation of a five-day short course in health promotion: workforce development in action

Keleher, Helen, Round, Rebecca, Marshall, Bernie and Murphy, Berni 2005, Impact evaluation of a five-day short course in health promotion: workforce development in action, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 110-115.

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Title Impact evaluation of a five-day short course in health promotion: workforce development in action
Author(s) Keleher, Helen
Round, Rebecca
Marshall, Bernie
Murphy, Berni
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 110
End page 115
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Maroochydore, Qld.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) health promotion
workforce development
capacity building
evaluation research
Summary Issue addressed: This paper reports on impact evaluation of a series of five-day Short Courses in Health Promotion that have been delivered to more than 2,000 people since 2002 as part of a statewide workforce development strategy.

Methods: A triangulated mixed methods research design was selected for the evaluation. Data were collected through a mail survey, key informant interviews, focus groups and organisational case studies. Stakeholder and participant involvement were central to the evaluation.

Organisational change emerged as a key theme. Impacts of the short course were felt in relation to health promotion practice and on organisational capacity to conduct health promotion, while the development of confidence and skills of participants to engage in collaborative opportunities was a not unexpected, but important, benefit of the course.

Conclusions: A short course is effective if attention is given to quality delivery, adult learning methods, participant involvement, appropriate targeting, good planning, and adequate funding. However, respondents commonly report the need for organisational change in order for health promotion practice to be embedded into organisations and for practitioners to be supported in their efforts to re-orient services towards health promotion.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Health Promotion Association
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