Evaluation of a consulting training course for international development assistance for health.
BACKGROUND: Development assistance for health (DAH) is an important component of foreign assistance. International health consultants usually play a key role in the international DAH field. However, there is still a shortage of consulting training in China. To address this issue and develop new backup force of DAH for China, the Global Health Institute of Wuhan University (GHIWHU) launched a training program called the "Consulting Training Course for International Development Assistance for Health". The purpose of this article is to evaluate the impact of the training on participants. METHODS: We conducted the analysis using Kirkpatrick's model. An evaluation survey examining participants' reaction (level 1) and learning (level 2) was carried out among trainees following the training, and a follow-up telephone interview of application (level 3) was made in three months after the training. RESULTS: A total of 25 participants from Chinese Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CCUGH) attended the training program. Results of satisfaction evaluation indicated that the training program was well received, with more than 85% of participants felt satisfied or relatively satisfied with the training. Trainees' self-ratings of the consulting knowledge and skills showed a significant increase (p < 0.001) from pre- to post-training. The follow-up interview revealed that the majority of participants applied the acquired knowledge and skills under various circumstances such as consulting program, teaching processes, writing reports, and et al. Meanwhile, participants considered that the lack of opportunities was one of the major application barriers. In addition, they expressed the willingness to participate in more relevant training and the need for more practice opportunities. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study evaluating a consulting training program in China. The results show that the training course has been successfully implemented and participants have been given consulting knowledge and skills. Future research should use better-designed training methods based on demand surveys and consider providing participants with practice or practicum opportunities. Also, it is necessary to conduct both primary and advanced training courses and evaluate participants' long-term behavior changes resulting from the training.
Gao, P; Xiang, H; Liu, S; Liu, Y; Dong, S; Liu, F; Yu, W; Li, X; Guan, L; Chu, Y; Mao, Z; Chen, S; Tang, S
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