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Evaluation of the Wake County Syphilis Elimination Project Wake County, North Carolina. David Napp Practical Applications of Public Health March 11, 2004. Evaluation Focus. Intensive Community Education Efforts (ICEEs) Condoms Distribution Sites (CDS) Community Task Force

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Evaluation of the wake county syphilis elimination project wake county north carolina

Evaluation of the Wake County Syphilis Elimination ProjectWake County, North Carolina

David Napp

Practical Applications

of Public Health

March 11, 2004


Evaluation focus

Evaluation Focus

  • Intensive Community Education Efforts (ICEEs)

  • Condoms Distribution Sites (CDS)

  • Community Task Force

  • Syphilis Screening Activities


Methods

Methods

  • Observations of ICEEs (3 observations)

  • Surveys with community members (n=169)

  • Focus groups with community members (3 FGs)

  • Observations and interviews at condom distribution sites (11 CDS)

  • Interviews with task force members (n=14)

  • Analysis of secondary data


Successes

Successes

  • Participatory approach with a focus on generating data useful to stakeholders

  • Active collaboration between project and evaluator to:

    • Create a logic model

    • Define evaluation questions

    • Develop data collection instruments

    • Collect data

    • Interpret findings

    • Craft recommendations for program improvement


Successes1

Successes

  • Participatory approach developed evaluation capacity

  • Evaluation and data collection training provided

  • Evaluation concepts became more concrete and applied through active involvement

  • “Evaluative thinking” generalized to other projects

  • Evaluation yielded recommendations for project improvements that were implemented


Challenges

Challenges

  • Balancing evaluation versus service-delivery responsibilities of staff

  • Completing enough surveys for sub-group analysis

  • Getting good attendance at each focus group

  • Organizing the large volume of monitoring data archived on paper forms


Program improvements icee

Program Improvements:ICEE

  • Expanding focus to include HIV

  • Improving consistency of educational materials and information disseminated

  • Starting to use fixed-site ICEE


Program improvements icee1

Program Improvements:ICEE

  • Shifting prevention education toward group-level interventions versus “one-time” approach

  • Developing educational sessions for grandparents

  • Saturating geographic area for six months


Program improvements cds

Program Improvements:CDS

  • Training owners to be lay-educators

  • Updating owners about SEP activities

  • Monitoring CDS compliance more closely

  • Established an initial three-month probation


Program improvements task force

Program Improvements:Task Force

  • Increasing number of community representatives

  • Rotating meeting location to improve access

  • Defining members’ roles and responsibilities more clearly (e.g., elected chairperson)


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