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

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by Helen Keleher, R Round, Bernie MarshallBernie Marshall, Berni MurphyBerni Murphy
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.

Results:
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.

History

Journal

Health promotion journal of Australia

Volume

16

Issue

2

Pagination

110 - 115

Publisher

Australian Health Promotion Association

Location

Maroochydore, Qld.

ISSN

1036-1073

eISSN

1753-6405

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, Australian Health Promotion Association

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