The Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP)
Initiative is committed to tracking its progress in a systematic way so
as much as possible can be learned from this important national health
care initiative. Program evaluation provides that systematic approach
and contributes to the success and accountability of large and complex
projects such as the EICP Initiative. Program evaluation and monitoring
help ensure that the goals, objectives and planned outcomes are met. A
commitment to quality evaluation also asserts the importance of
developing clear plans, inclusive partnerships, and feedback systems
that allow learning and continuous improvement.
EICP evaluation will focus on activities, processes and products that
are intended to achieve the immediate, intermediate and longer-term
outcomes of the Initiative. Immediate outcomes that reflect the
objectives of the Initiative (e.g. increased interest and knowledge
among primary health care practitioners about the nature and
requirements of successful collaborative care initiatives) are expected
by the end of the Initiative. Intermediate and final outcomes will be
reached as a result of the momentum created by the Initiative; but
represent targets that are well beyond the time horizons and initial
mandate of the EICP initiative.
The EICP Evaluation team is working work closely
with the Steering Committee and Initiative stakeholders to customize an
appropriate approach to program evaluation for this Initiative. In these
early days, the team has established the following three pillars for its
Collaboration, inclusion and participation:
The EICP Evaluation team will work closely with the Steering Committee
and other stakeholders to design the evaluation component.
Objectivity: The EICP Evaluation team will
establish a rigourous and transparent mechanism for collecting readily
verifiable data based on an approved evaluation framework.
Flexibility: The EICP Evaluation team will
revisit and review its evaluation and monitoring strategy every six
months to ensure that it provides for sufficient input from stakeholders
and accurately reflects their situations and concerns.