To evaluate Action for Equity: A sexual and reproductive health plan for Melbourne’s West 2013-2017
Women’s Health West is seeking a post-graduate student to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for Action for Equity: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Plan for Melbourne’s West 2013-2017.
We require a student with an interest and some (academic or work) experience in the study and evaluation design in the areas of partnerships, governance, health, health promotion and/or sexual and reproductive health. An interest in the use of network mapping, network and social network analysis in evaluating community, health or government projects is also desirable.
The successful student will gain valuable industry work experience with community, health and government sectors who are committed to action on the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health.
Who are we and what is Action for Equity?
Women’s Health West is the women’s health service for the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.
Our health promotion team leads the implementation of Action for Equity. Action for Equity is a four year sexual and reproductive health promotion plan for Melbourne’s west that incorporates primary prevention initiatives that work to redress the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health in order to achieve health equity.
The plan integrates long-term strategies across a range of settings and sectors to generate and maintain the social and cultural change needed to achieve optimal sexual and reproductive health via strengthened regional partnerships, sharing of resources and knowledge and a common planning framework.
What do we want to know from an evaluation of Action for Equity?
• How effective has the Action for Equity health promotion plan been as a mechanism for furthering the plan’s sexual and reproductive health goal and objectives?
• Has a regional sexual and reproductive health promotion plan increased service and program integration and coordination across Melbourne’s west?
• Has the regional, partnership approach worked well to increase the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of people in the western region of Melbourne?
Key evaluation literature to inform the Action for Equity evaluation
• ‘Partnership evaluation should assess how a partnership fits in the broader political and institutional environment – and its links to power and other strategic decision-makers outside the partnership [via] analysing network structures’
• ‘Partnerships undertake activities that go beyond what can be achieved by their composite organisations alone…each structure, each organisation (or individual) is “only one small piece of the total picture” and broad social goals will only be met by the joining together to create new policy solutions’
• ‘Examining connections (ties) between people, through the use of network mapping provides information on the connections between people, in relations to various purposes (structure)’ (Pope and Lewis 2008).
If you are interested in this opportunity please email a two page proposal outlining how you would evaluate Action for Equity to Trish Hayes: firstname.lastname@example.org and Elly Taylor email@example.com by Friday 28 February 2014. For further information please call Trish or Elly on 9689 9588.
- Pope J, and Lewis JM (2008) ‘Improving Partnership Governance: Using a Network Approach to Evaluate Partnerships in Victoria’, The Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol.67, no.4.
- Vu, A and Taylor, E (2013) Action for Equity: A sexual and reproductive health plan for Melbourne’s west, Women’s Health West, Melbourne.