Date of Award

8-11-2015

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Emily Graybill

Second Advisor

Donna Smith

Abstract

The evaluation plan for the Linkage to Care Peer Guide Training (LTC) program proposes a mixed method evaluation based on the needs of the stakeholders involved. The LTC Program is a pilot HIV health education program conducted at Georgia State University to train individuals to become peer guides. Peer guides are persons who can serve as a bridge between professional healthcare workers and the clients they serve. In this program, peer guides are used to help link individuals who are HIV positive to care and help identify barriers to treatment. This evaluation plan follows the program evaluation framework put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and describes activities that align with the following six steps: stakeholder engagement; program description; focusing the evaluation design; gathering credible evidence; justifying conclusions; and using evaluation findings (CDC, 2011). Because this is a program evaluation proposal, the justifying conclusions and ensuring use of evaluation findings steps of the CDC’s guide to program evaluation were modified to include only recommendations for data collection and for using the evaluation findings. This evaluation plan can be used by program implementers to collect summative data on the LTC Program.

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