Online Program

HOPE SF Peer Leadership Strategy Evaluation

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Jessica Tokunaga, MPH, Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State Universty, San Francisco, CA
Danielle Gordon, MS, BANPH/Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
In August, 2013, funds were awarded to organizations in four of San Francisco's public housing communities to develop Peer Health Leadership programs that support robust community leadership and resident-driven strategies. The focus of these programs is to address pressing health and social issues facing children and families in HOPE SF communities.  By the end of 2013, all four communities had hired Resident Peer Leaders and begun program implementation.  The Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University conducted an evaluation of Year 1 of the Peer Leadership programming. The evaluation of the Peer Leadership programs was designed to achieve three goals: program refinement and improvement, understanding the impact of the financial investment in peer health leadership programs, and developing evaluation skills and capacity for on-going program improvement.

A key aspect of the Peer Leadership evaluation was its participatory approach. As an overarching framework of the Peer Leadership evaluation, a participatory evaluation style was implemented.  The purpose of this technique was to create conditions under which the programs (including coordinators and Peer Leaders) and the evaluators partner to define the evaluation goals and methods, and collaborate to interpret the findings.  This approach is ideally suited to engage the HOPE SF sites, which have experienced many outsiders conducting proscribed evaluation that does not always capture the lived realities of the residents.  This participatory approach to evaluating community based programs is unique and can serve as a model for other peer leader programs.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify the challenges and successes of implementing and evaluating a Peer Health Leadership Program within public housing communities. Discuss the impacts of using a participatory evaluation approach in evaluating peer health leader or community health worker programs. Identify lessons learned from using a participatory approach in evaluating peer leadership programs.

Keyword(s): Community Health Workers and Promoters, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved with HOPE SF for the three years as a student and as a program evaluator.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.