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ERIC Number: EJ843575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
Assessing Training Needs of HIV Program Providers
Sleezer, Catherine M.; Spector, Melanie
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v19 n3 p89-105 Sep 2006
This article describes a mixed-methods needs assessment, or developmental evaluation, that was conducted for the providers and stakeholders of Oklahoma's community-based organizations (CBOs). The needs assessment, which was the first phase in developing training on outcome monitoring for their HIV prevention programs, relied on three evaluation approaches: Behavioral-objectives, participatory, and empowerment. This article describes the background for the needs assessment, the needs assessment process, and the lessons learned. When dealing with such a complex issue as HIV prevention where multiple goals must be achieved for success, a mixed-methods approach to needs assessment may better capture real-world needs. Furthermore, it may increase acceptance of the needs assessment findings and conclusions by the diverse groups that have a stake in the evaluation. However, as this study exemplified, implementing and reporting a mixed-methods needs assessment that is based on differing evaluation approaches is complex, challenging, and resource intensive. This study can contribute to theory building for mixed-methods evaluation. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma