The potential contribution of realistic evaluation to small-scale community interventions

Lhussier, Monique, Carr, Susan and Robson, Allison (2008) The potential contribution of realistic evaluation to small-scale community interventions. Community Practitioner: The Journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association, 81 (9). pp. 25-28. ISSN 1462-2815

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Abstract

This paper aims to inform the development and evaluation of small-scale community-based initiatives by describing an evaluation of one such health promotion programme. Realistic evaluation is an under-explored resource for practice development, particularly within the context of informing evidence-based practice. A combination of the context-mechanism-outcome framework and principles of health impact assessment were used in the evaluation of the programme. Telephone interviews and half-day sessions were utilised in order to conduct reviews of the programme's work with both providers and users. This approach engaged the practitioners in the process of evaluation in a way that was novel to them, and introduced the possibility of a stepped approach to outcomes achievement and measurement. The evaluation gave the practitioners the means to understand and effectively formulate which outcomes were most appropriate to their particular intervention, and to design the means to assess these in future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence-based medicine, Health promotion-Evaluation, Systematic reviews (Medical research)
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Public Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 13:35
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:43
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2569

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