Evaluation of Regional
Public Health Tobacco Services
The Alcohol & Public
Health Research Unit was contracted by the Northern
Regional Health Authority (now the HFA - Health Funding
Authority) in 1996 to design and undertake an external
evaluation of the tobacco services delivered by Auckland
Healthcare and Northland Health.. This evaluation
research examines their health promotion, health
education and health protection activities.
The evaluation plan,
developed in consultation with health service providers
and peer reviewed prior to implementation, has the
- Documentation and
assessment of the tobacco programmes.
appropriate impact measures for the overall
regional programme, as well as for selected key
- Using those measures
to establish the impact of the programmes.
information to assist managers, programme
coordinators and workers to make continuous
information that will assist the HFA and other
service purchasers to make effective decisions in
future tobacco programme purchasing.
Areas of particular focus
identified by the HFA are:
- The effectiveness,
accessibility and appropriateness of the
programmes for Maori.
- The integration of
regulatory, health promotion and health education
components of the programmes.
- External influences
which impede or enhance the programmes, including
linkages with other organisations.
- Comparison of
programme design and delivery with national and
international models of 'best practice'.
In meeting these
requirements, the researchers employ a methodological
framework that integrates evaluation theory and methods
with Maori research values. Implementation of the
evaluation project commenced in March 1997 and will run
until November 1999.
Carla Spinola, Helen Moewaka Barnes, Bridgette Masters
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