Recommendations and improvements for the evaluation of integrated community-wide interventions approaches

Tessa M van Koperen, Carry M Renders, Eline J M Spierings, Anna-Marie Hendriks, Marjan J Westerman, Jacob C Seidell, A.J. Schuit

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Abstract

Background.

Integrated community-wide intervention approaches (ICIAs) are implemented to prevent childhood obesity. Programme evaluation improves these ICIAs, but professionals involved often struggle with performance. Evaluation tools have been developed to support Dutch professionals involved in ICIAs. It is unclear how useful these tools are to intended users. We therefore researched the facilitators of and barriers to ICIA programme evaluation as perceived by professionals and their experiences of the evaluation tools.

Methods.

Focus groups and interviews with 33 public health professionals. Data were analysed using a thematic content approach. Findings. Evaluation is hampered by insufficient time, budget, and experience with ICIAs, lack of leadership, and limited advocacy for evaluation. Epidemiologists are regarded as responsible for evaluation but feel incompetent to perform evaluation or advocate its need in a political environment. Managers did not prioritise process evaluations, involvement of stakeholders, and capacity building. The evaluation tools are perceived as valuable but too comprehensive considering limited resources.

Conclusion.

Evaluating ICIAs is important but most professionals are unfamiliar with it and management does not prioritise process evaluation nor incentivize professionals to evaluate. To optimise programme evaluation, more resources and coaching are required to improve professionals' evaluation capabilities and specifically the use of evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2385698
JournalJournal of Obesity
Volume2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adult
  • Benchmarking
  • Child
  • Child Health Services
  • Community Health Services
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Quality Improvement
  • Journal Article

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van Koperen, T. M., Renders, C. M., Spierings, E. J. M., Hendriks, A-M., Westerman, M. J., Seidell, J. C., & Schuit, A. J. (2016). Recommendations and improvements for the evaluation of integrated community-wide interventions approaches. Journal of Obesity, 2016, [2385698]. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/2385698
van Koperen, Tessa M ; Renders, Carry M ; Spierings, Eline J M ; Hendriks, Anna-Marie ; Westerman, Marjan J ; Seidell, Jacob C ; Schuit, A.J. / Recommendations and improvements for the evaluation of integrated community-wide interventions approaches. In: Journal of Obesity. 2016 ; Vol. 2016.
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van Koperen, TM, Renders, CM, Spierings, EJM, Hendriks, A-M, Westerman, MJ, Seidell, JC & Schuit, AJ 2016, 'Recommendations and improvements for the evaluation of integrated community-wide interventions approaches', Journal of Obesity, vol. 2016, 2385698. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/2385698

Recommendations and improvements for the evaluation of integrated community-wide interventions approaches. / van Koperen, Tessa M; Renders, Carry M; Spierings, Eline J M; Hendriks, Anna-Marie; Westerman, Marjan J; Seidell, Jacob C; Schuit, A.J.

In: Journal of Obesity, Vol. 2016, 2385698, 2016.

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van Koperen TM, Renders CM, Spierings EJM, Hendriks A-M, Westerman MJ, Seidell JC et al. Recommendations and improvements for the evaluation of integrated community-wide interventions approaches. Journal of Obesity. 2016;2016. 2385698. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/2385698