A Qualitative Evaluation of the Global Dialogues Process as seen through the eyes of Key Stakeholders Open Access

Singleton, Robyn Bailey (2015)

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Introduction: Global Dialogues is a community mobilization, education, research and media process that aims to incorporate youth voices into public health communication efforts, strengthen public health organizational networks, and increase empathy and compassion towards stigmatized populations. This evaluation of Global Dialogues as seen through the eyes of key stakeholders sought to answer five questions: 1.) What does the Global Dialogues process look like in different settings? 2.) What do stakeholders perceive to be the strengths and weaknesses of the process? 3.) What do stakeholders perceive to be the impact of the process? 4.) What changes can be implemented to improve Global Dialogues? 5.) How can Global Dialogues strengthen its approach to cultivate compassion and empathy in the long-term?

Methods: Participants consisted of members of the 2014 International Jury. Data collection strategies included 16 semi-structured interviews, five informal interviews, participatory observation, one focus group and document review.

Results: Question 1: Contest mobilization occurs primarily through schools, organizational networks, and social media. Partnering agencies include state and international agencies, civil society and media representatives. African partners prioritize film distribution and use more than non-African partners. Question 2: Key strengths include giving young people voice, creating useful films ("tools for action"), facilitating insight into youth perspectives, and strengthening networks. Key challenges include producing useful films to be used globally and giving back to participating communities. Question 3: Stakeholders perceive the short term outcome of the process to be challenging the way people think about the issues; and the intermediate term outcome as building a multidisciplinary community to identify and respond to needs. Question 4: Suggested changes for improvement include: continuing engagement with young people; strengthening the work at the community or national level; and increasing tools, support and communication. Question 5: Stakeholders believe that empathy cultivation occurs throughout the Global Dialogues process. To strengthen its impact, stakeholders argue that Global Dialogues should restructure the process to provide continuous opportunities for dialogue between young people themselves and with local decision-makers.

Discussion: Global Dialogues should increase opportunities for collaboration between stakeholders; create, update and disseminate tools; and increase continuous engagement with key community-based collaborators.

Table of Contents

Chapter I - Introduction

Global Dialogues --- 2

Evaluation Purpose --- 3

Evaluation Stakeholders and Intended Users --- 4

Chapter II - Program Description

History --- 5

The Global Dialogues process --- 6

Resources --- 12

Timeline --- 15

Expected effects --- 16

Chapter III - Literature Review

First Generation --- 20

Second Generation --- 23

Third Generation --- 25

Evaluating Third Generation Approaches --- 28

Chapter IV - Methods

Evaluation Design --- 31

Data Collection Instruments --- 33

Procedures --- 34

Data Analysis --- 37

Data Management --- 39

Chapter V - Results

Question 1: Process in different settings --- 40

Question 2: Strengths and weaknesses --- 49

Question 3: Impact --- 55

Question 4: Changes for improvement --- 57

Question 5: Strengthening empathy cultivation --- 60

Chapter VI - Discussion

Major findings in context of prior evaluations --- 63

Limitations --- 65

Implications for Global Dialogues --- 66

Future Evaluations with Global Dialogues --- 68

Implications for E-E Practice and Evaluation --- 69

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