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Development of a Research and Evaluation Framework to Guide NfP Tenders, Delivery and Reporting on “Good Health” Funded Health Promotion Programs

Prevention of chronic disease through programs that address modifiable risk factors and the promotion of healthy lifestyles is recognised both nationally through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventative Health and at a state level though the development of the draft WA Health Promotion Strategic Framework 2012-2016, as key to reducing burden on individuals, communities and the wider health system. Clearly set priorities and targets which help to prevent the lifestyle risks that cause chronic disease such as obesity, tobacco use and harmful drinking in these policy frameworks facilitate a coordinated and equitable investment in this population-based approach. Whilst the goal of lowering the incidence of avoidable chronic disease and injury can be measured through a range of data such as hospital morbidity rates and access rates to services, improvements in health behaviours and environments delivered through targeted health promotion programs requires additional evaluation criteria to assess their quality and effectiveness and a transparent accountability process in meeting strategic priorities and targets.

In achieving significant and sustainable changes to WA’s policy and practice in the funding and implementation of evidence-based programs, a clear research and evaluation framework to guide the investment made into preventing chronic disease and the effectiveness of these programs is crucial. In the move to a purchaser/provider system in WA, the provision of health promotion services targeting different settings and lifestyle risk factors are increasingly delivered through specialised Not-for-Profit (NfP’s) organisations with grant funding or service agreements with the Department of Health (DoH). As stated in this tender, a supporting research and evaluation framework to guide this work with NfP’s is currently required.

The Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) is a leader in research and evaluation both internationally, nationally and locally with core priority research foci matching the priorities set out in the above mentioned strategic frameworks being: obesity and healthy weight; mental health and bullying; tobacco, alcohol and other drugs’; injury prevention and road safety. The CHPRC has been involved in applied research aiming to build the evidence base into the effectiveness of health promotion policy and practice addressing risk factors to prevent chronic disease and developed many frameworks to guide research, evaluation and action for over a decade.

The CHPRC proposes the following methodology in achieving the consultative development of a research and evaluation framework to guide the Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate (the Directorate) and NfP’s in the tendering, delivery and administration of health promotion services and programs that meets the need for quality and accountability. The aim of this proposed methodology is to provide clarity as to requirements of funded programs that is feasible and practical for NfP’s and provides the Directorate with the information they need to assess return on SCHEDULE 1 – CUSTOMER CONTRACT DETAILS investment and achieving set targets, how capacity for research and evaluation can be strengthened at all levels, whilst ensuring the framework is based on input from all relevant parties and good practice.

Project duration

2012 - XXXX

Funding body

Department of Health

For further information about this project please contact Natasha Pearce at n.pearce@ecu.edu.au.

Researchers

Dr Natasha Pearce
Associate Professor Stacey Waters
Mrs Margaret Miller
Dr Lydia Hearn

Staff

Ms Helen Monks
Mrs Daniela Christou

Child Health Promotion Research Centre
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