A Co-Learning Model for Community-Engaged Program Evaluation
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Objectives: The development, implementation, and assessment of a masters-level program evaluation course designed to train future and current leaders of community-based organizations (CBOs) is described.
Background: In addition to sending students “out” into the community, staff from local community organizations were invited “in” to the classroom to take the course alongside students. Community partners selected a specific evaluation need within their organization that teams could address. The “final” for the course involved creating a comprehensive evaluation plan for each organization to implement.
Methods: Student course evaluations and semistructured interviews with community partners were conducted and analyzed to assess how course goals were met. Results/Lessons Learned: The course goals were met, the partnering experience was highly valued, and insightful improvements were suggested.
Conclusions: This program evaluation course provides an innovative, effective, flexible, and replicable partnership practice model that builds student skills and community capacity in evaluation research.
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Suiter, S.V., Thurber, A. & Sullivan C. (2016). A co-learning model for community-engaged program evaluation. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 10(4), 551-558.