Evaluating Health Literacy Professional Development Initiatives
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Our overall evaluation goal is to:
- Evaluate the extent to which the health literacy professional development initiatives are creating a ripple effect and building health literacy capability at the individual, organisational, regional and systems level
Furthermore we also aim to:
- Evaluate the perceived impacts of the 2014 Health Literacy Course on course participants and their organisation CEOs
- Assess changes in individual course participant health literacy competencies(specifically, health literacy practices) pre, during and post course
- Assess changes in course participants organisation health literacy attributes pre, during and post course
- Understand what contextual factors have influenced these changes
- Evaluate what makes the Community of Practice (CoP) work (or not), for whom and in what circumstances
- Understand what assumptions exist about how the CoP is supposed to work?
- Understand to what extent has the CoP been implemented as intended, and what contextual factors may influenced its implementation?
- Understand what are the perceived impacts of the CoP?
- Understand what extent is the CoP sustainable, and what contextual factors may influence its sustainability
- Evaluate what changes have occurred at the individual, organisational and systems level as a result of participating in the 2013 Health Literacy Course
- Understand what changes at the individual level (behaviour, roles, attitudes, skills, knowledge, relationships, capabilities) have resulted from participating in the Course?
- Understand what changes at the organisational level (culture, structures, governance, processes) have resulted from participating in the Course
- Understand what changes at the systems level (policies, information, regulations, education/training, key performance indicators/HR) have resulted from participating in the Course?
- Understand what enablers and barriers exist to changes in health literacy practices at the individual, organisational, regional and systems level?
- Understand what is required at the individual, organisational and systems level to sustain the changes in health literacy practices?
In 2014 the partnership of the Centre for Cultural Ethnicity and Health (CEH), HealthWest Partnership and the Western Region Health Centre are proposing several additional health literacy professional development initiatives, including:
- Re-develop and deliver another nine month Course with four Modules/ to 10 organisations (two per organisation) who are required to implement two projects designed to integrate health literacy practice across their organisations
- Establish a Community of Practice to: enable 2013 Health Literacy Course participant alumni to 'stay networked'; enable alumni to share experiences, problems and learnings; provide a mechanism for 2014 course participants to network with previous course participants providing a platform for mentoring and peer to peer support; and to link it to the Better Health Plan for the West, to ensure it is meeting the plan's health literacy objectives
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