Mixed-method evaluation of a community-based postpartum support program: a study protocol

Title: Mixed-method evaluation of a community-based postpartum support program: a study protocol
Authors: Etowa, Josephine
Johnston, Amy
Jama, Zahra
Eccles, Kristin M
Ashton, Alicia
Date: 2020
Abstract: Introduction Becoming a parent is one of the most significant events an individual will experience in their lifetime. The postpartum period can be a difficult time, especially for mothers, who may require extra support during this challenging time. The proposed study seeks to understand the issue of postpartum support for mothers and their families. It will address this aim by using the Mothercraft Ottawa Postpartum Support Drop-in Program as real-life illustration of a community-based service organisation delivering these services. Methods and analysis A three-phased mixed-method programme evaluation guided by the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) evaluation framework and the tenets of community-based participatory research. Instrumental case study methodology will be employed to gain an in-depth understanding of what impact(s) the programme is having on mothers, their partners and their families (phase I-qualitative). A questionnaire, regression modelling, and geospatial analysis will be conducted to gain a deeper understanding of specific programme outputs and to generate information that will help inform programme reach (phase II-quantitative). Study phase III will focus on knowledge translation activities to stakeholders and the broader academic community. Ethics and dissemination Ethics approval was granted by the University of Ottawa Research Ethics Board (H-12-18-1492). The results of this study will be disseminated at a community workshop, in an academic thesis, at academic conferences and in peer-reviewed publications.
URL: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/10/10/e036749
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036749
CollectionEpidemiology and Public Health
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