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Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme



Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme

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Report for Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne; Ninti One Research Report NR002


Ninti One Limited


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Ninti One was invited by Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) to conduct an evaluation of the Trachoma Health Promotion Programme (THPP). The project evaluated the work of IEH at the University of Melbourne and its contribution to the goals of the National THPP in six remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia (namely the tristate border region of South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia). The intent of the project was to identify community knowledge and perceptions of the THPP and what impact this knowledge had on the respondents and their actions. The outputs will be used by IEH and others working in this field to continue the work of eliminating trachoma and to improve and develop future activities and initiatives. The research was conducted over six locations – Ali Curung, Finke, Lajamanu, Ntaria, Pukatja (Ernabella) and Warburton – ensuring that a sufficiently large and representative sample of people was reached in each community and overall across the population. - Executive summary; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Introduction -- Monitoring and evaluation strategy -- Research process -- Dara from survey questions -- Data analysis -- Conclusion -- Appendix A-B




Prevention and control; Trachoma; Health and hygiene; Ophthalmology; Eye diseases; Aboriginal Australians

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Ninti One Limited

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Alice Springs


Report NR002


iv, 38 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Ninti One Research Report NR002 2 Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme Ninti One Limited Report for Indigenous Eye Health University of Melbourne 2. Monitoring and evaluation strategy 2.1 Research focus Ninti One was invited by IEH to propose how best our organisation could contribute to the evaluation of the THPP. Our starting point and first consideration was the impact measures defined by the evaluation framework for the work. We agreed a process with IEH in which the Ninti One research team would conduct an average of 25 individual surveys and two focus group sessions in each of the six target communities. The research was designed to focus on the following themes: 1. the level of awareness of THPP messages 2. the means by which awareness has been achieved 3. the actions that people have taken as a result of their awareness. Using these themes, we organised a series of questions for surveys and focus groups. Ninti One and IEH agreed on six locations for the research to be conducted: Ali Curung, Finke, Lajamanu, Ntaria, Pukatja (Ernabella) and Warburton, ensuring that a sufficiently large and representative sample of people was reached in each community and overall across the population. 2.2 Co-design workshop The evaluation was preceded by a one-day co-design workshop in Alice Springs involving IEH project staff and the Ninti One team (including Aboriginal Community Researchers), which resulted in field methods and questions being agreed. In addition to the co-design workshop, a teleconference was held between IEH staff and Ninti One on 2 November 2016, in which an update on the research was discussed and IEH provided guidance around the final phases of the research. Ninti One prepared a project plan that set out the key parameters of the work, deadlines and milestones to guide the project team. Figure 2: Participants in the Trachoma Evaluation co-design workshop

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