Original Research - Special Collection: Primary Care Research Methods

African Primary Care Research: Performing a programme evaluation

Lilian Dudley
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 6, No 1 | a634 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.634 | © 2014 Lilian Dudley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 November 2013 | Published: 09 June 2014

About the author(s)

Lilian Dudley, Community Health Division, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


This article is part of a series on Primary Care Research in the African context and focuses on programme evaluation. Different types of programme evaluation are outlined: developmental, process, outcome and impact. Eight steps to follow in designing your programme evaluation are then described in some detail: engage stakeholders; establish what is known; describe the programme; define the evaluation and select a study design; define the indicators; planand manage data collection and analysis; make judgements and recommendations; and disseminate the findings. Other articles in the series cover related topics such as writing your research proposal, performing a literature review, conducting surveys with questionnaires, qualitative interviewing and approaches to quantitative and qualitative data analysis.


Primary care research, family medicine, programme evaluation methods


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