Reid, G. D., van Teijlingen, E., Douglas, F., Robertson, L. and Ludbrook, A., 2009. The reality of partnership working when undertaking an evaluation of a national well men’s service. Journal of Men’s Health, 6 (1), pp. 36-49.
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Background Partnership working has been a key tenet of health policy in Scotland since 1997. Much has been written about the benefits of partnership working, but it has been difficult to prove its effectiveness. This paper describes the reality of working in partnership when undertaking an evaluation of a complex intervention aimed at engaging with hard-to-reach men to improve their health. Methods A collaborative model of working was used to develop an evaluation tool to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. Six phases were used in the developmental process each involving a different group of stakeholders. The progress through these phases was not linear; it involved numerous iterative feedback loops. A number of challenges were faced at each phase and steps were taken to overcome them. Results Four lessons emerged which are more generally applicable. Collaborative working is a slow process, a fact which key advocates in the field have failed to recognise. Study participants need to be included in partnership working, particularly men. Partnership working can be arduous and those undertaking it should be prepared for the difficulties ahead since the key to success is being able to overcome these challenges. Flexibility is a key element to the successful evaluation of community-based large scale interventions. Conclusion This research identified that it is important to be flexible to meeting the changing needs of stakeholders involved in the evaluative process.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Community based, Demonstration project, Partnership working, Questionnaire development, Methodology, Evaluation|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health|
|Deposited By:||TEMP RESEARCH|
|Deposited On:||17 Feb 2010 17:19|
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