During 1992 a qualitative evaluation of a government health service-run community health worker (CHW) project in South Africa found that project workers were doing good work despite serious structural shortcomings related to lack of community participation and inadequate integration of the project in the health district system.
Recommendations were made to develop the project in order to enhance community involvement, to build closer integration between the project and the services offered at the health centre, and to collaborate with non-government CHW projects in neighbouring areas.
The evaluation study was followed up one year later by interviews with health managers to determine their response to the evaluation.
The managers reported that they had found the qualitative data valuable for understanding how clients perceived the health service, and for planning a more community-responsive service.
Despite this, the recommendations from the evaluation were not implemented and political developments in the district resulted in the CHW project being closed down.
It is concluded that qualitative evaluators need to carefully explore the political context of primary health care interventions in order that their research provides useful data for decision-making.
Mots-clés Pascal : Evaluation, Méthode étude, Analyse qualitative, Prise décision, Cadre entreprise, République Sud Africaine, Homme, Perception sociale, Service santé, Participatio communautaire, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Evaluation, Investigation method, Qualitative analysis, Decision making, Manager, South Africa, Human, Social perception, Health service, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0044742
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 01/03/1996.