Surveys and evaluation research


The Healthy Start Workforce Project is being continually evaluated by a robust quantitative and qualitative research framework.

It is important to Gravida and the project’s funders at the Ministry of Health that the programmes are developed and tailored over time to support the ongoing professional development needs of the maternity and child health sector. The feedback we receive from the evaluation programme will help us improve our delivery and provide learnings for other future interventions.

Research activities:

An evaluation programme that includes regularly surveying the needs and feedback of participants in our programmes, as well as non-participants from the wider sector, began in 2014 and will continue throughout 2015-2017.

Long term, it will also involve more indepth focus groups and qualitative research, as well as research with the mothers, families and whanau who receive care from those who have been trained in our programmes.

The different streams of our research programme are being undertaken by COGO Consulting, the University of Southampton, and Gravida with the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

Current survey initiatives:

As an individual, you may be asked to respond to one of three short online surveys.  These include: 

  • The National Workforce Survey: This survey is distributed approximately every six months and is open to all health workers, regardless of whether you've completed a Healthy Start Workforce Project programme.  It gathers information about current practice around supporting good nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy and the early years, as well as details about preferred learning methods.  Find out more here.

  • Healthy Conversation Skills Evaluation: Everyone who completes a Healthy Conversation Skills Training course is invited to participate in a post-training survey.  The information you provide will help us understand the value of what we're delivering and help us to improve what we offer in the future . Find out more here.

  • Healthy Start Education Programme Evaluation: Everyone who has completed a Healthy Start Education Programme course is invited to participate a post-training survey.  The information you provide will help us understand the value of what we're delivering and help us to improve what we offer in the future.  Find out more here.  

 

Note: All three series of surveys are anonymous (de-identified) and participation is voluntary.
 

These surveys have been approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee, reference 011367.
 

As a maternal or child health organisation, you may be asked to get involved with a wider context-setting research project in 2015 (more detail to come). Other streams of additional qualitative research will begin in 2016/2017.
 

For more information:

Dr Caroline Gunn

Research Fellow

Healthy Start Workforce Project

Phone: 09 923 8702

Email: c.gunn@auckland.ac.nz