If political dynamics are included in the definition of community, health promotion programs have a greater potential to recognize that assisting people to empower their communities is as important as assisting them to improve their health.
This paper reports on the evaluation methods employed for a health promotion program in a rural poor county of the Mississippi Delta that chose to define community in this way.
The evaluation took an action research approach so that the methods would not contradict or interfere with the program's empowerment agenda.
The methods required a close and collaborative working relationship among evaluators and local service providers, community leaders, and program staff who defined and operationalized eight dimensions of community competence, determined the units of analysis, and developed the data collection protocol.
Mots-clés Pascal : Education sanitaire, Homme, Programme sanitaire, Evaluation, Participation, Communauté, Mississippi, Pauvreté, Milieu rural, Méthode étude, Promotion santé, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health education, Human, Sanitary program, Evaluation, Participation, Community, Mississippi, Poverty, Rural environment, Investigation method, Health promotion, United States, North America, America
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