Improving Content, Analysis, Dissemination, Use, and Evaluation of the SFE Survey and its Related Products Open Access

Freeman, Jeffrey David (2013)

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Background: Students pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) often complete a summer field experience (SFE) between the first and second years of their respective programs. In order to track, evaluate and improve the quality of SFEs, the Summer Field Experience Survey was created in 2004. Efforts related to the 2012 SFE Survey indicated a need to standardize SFE Survey processes.

Methods: A mixed method design was used in the study. The project was conducted between May and August of 2013. Three components were included in the mixed-methods design: (1) a comprehensive literature review of the past 9 years of SFE reports; (2) an online survey of 49 potential end-user preferences grouped into 10 initial categories; and (3) one focus group session on end-user preferences.

Analysis: Literature review helped identify potential end-users and indicated that annual SFE Survey methods varied slightly. The online survey respondents and the focus group reported that survey content had been useful. Most end-users preferred a summary report with some discussion, analysis and interpretation. They preferred to disseminate the report before the Practicum Opportunities Fair, which is held around the first week of November. Specific content desired by end-users varied by group (i.e. student, faculty, IRB, etc.)

Discussion: Information obtained through the literature review indicated a potential need for some standardization of processes related to the SFE Survey. The online survey and focus group helped inform the creation of revised SFE Surveys, a new template for the SFE Full Report, and comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOP) for conducting, analyzing, disseminating, and evaluating the SFE Survey and its related products. The SFE SOP includes the SFE Full Report and a new system of targeted reports based on content, timing and format preferences of end users.

Future Recommendations: Additional recommendations not included in the revised surveys, full report template or SOP, but gathered from feedback arising from the online survey and/or focus group, include making the SFE Survey a requirement for spring registration, a pre-departure survey, and SFE data availability through an open-sources data management tool for independent queries and analysis.

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Background ............................................................................................................................................... 2
Project Objective & Specific Aims ..................................................................................................... 4
Important Terms ..................................................................................................................................... 4
Methods ...................................................................................................................................................... 5
Analysis ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
I. Literature Review Notes .............................................................................................. 9
II. Online Survey Response Rate & Focus Group Participation ...................................... 11
III. Online Survey Notes ................................................................................................... 11
IV. Focus Group Session Notes ........................................................................................ 16
Discussion ............................................................................................................................................... 18
Aim 1 Discussion - Identification of End-Users .............................................................................. 20
Aim 2 Discussion - Revised Survey Template.................................................................................. 21
Aim 3 Discussion - Revised US and Non US-based SFE Surveys .............................................. 22
Aim 4 Discussion - SFE Survey Standard Operating Procedures ............................................ 24
Future Recommendations ................................................................................................................ 27
References .............................................................................................................................................. 30
Appendices ............................................................................................................................................. 32
Appendix A - Evaluating Use of the SFE Survey .............................................................................. 32
Appendix B - Summer Field Experience Survey Standard Operating Procedures ........... 45
Appendix C - Non US-Based SFE Survey for 2013 ......................................................................... 73
Appendix D - US-Based SFE Survey for 2013 .................................................................................. 99
Appendix E - Summer Field Experience Survey Full Report for 2012 ............................... 120
Appendix F - Revision Report ............................................................................................................. 219

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