Aim: To assess the effects of participation on the outcomes of a health project's objectives by comparing similar HIV/AIDS projects with and without participation.
Method: The overall outcomes of six HIV/AIDS projects (3 participatory and 3 non-participatory) were compared in terms of how well they met their common objectives. This involved reviewing documents and interview data from the project evaluations. The participatory evaluations were carried out in parallel with the implementation of the projects and included reflection time, focus groups and feedback sessions.
Findings/recommendations: The projects with participatory evaluations were high performing in terms of meeting their objectives. The non-participatory projects registered only an average performance. Awareness, knowledge, attitudes, skill acquisition, effective functioning and sustainability within the health projects were improved and supported through a participatory approach. The authors conclude that participation is important in both the implementation and evaluation stages of a project.
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Categories: public health Evaluating impact on implementation and change impact of public involvement journal article Implementation and change
Date Entered: 2009/01/28
Date Edited: 2012/12/06