Summary of the Healthy Start / Départ Santé (HSDS) Project
Healthy Start is a provincial, bilingual, multi-level intervention promoting healthy behavior in the early years (focusing primarily on increasing physical activity and healthy eating early years programs). It is a four year project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and implemented in collaboration with local partners in Saskatchewan as well as in New Brunswick.
The project aims to implement an early years population health intervention that helps to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in the daily routine of young children (3-5 year olds), primarily in licensed childcare settings and pre-kindergarten programs. The project is also conducting a comprehensive comparative analysis, randomly-controlled study comparing licensed centres that received the HSDS intervention to centres that continue with their usual practice (control group) in order to assess the impact and efficacy of the HSDS intervention on early learning practitioners and healthier environments.
Healthy Start Process Evaluation Objectives
- Measure the standardized delivery of the implementation in comparison to the design of the “ideal Healthy Start” implementation (to inform on the fidelity to design).
- Determine the quality of implementation and satisfaction and awareness levels of participants.
- Examine to what level HSDS is adopted in the routine of the participating sites over time.
Process Evaluation Rationale
The HSDS process evaluation will provide an assessment of the quality of the delivery, quality control and qualitative assessment of the HSDS implementation in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. It will answer questions around the monitoring of the intervention and compare how the implementation was conducted, adapted and generalized in another province; namely New Brunswick. It will allow the HSDS project leaders to progress on the analysis / reporting of the process evaluation data to solidify the process and outcome evaluation plans.
The Process Evaluator is accountable to the Réseau Santé en français de la SK (RSFS) the lead organization for the Healthy Start /Départ Santé project. The consultant will work in collaboration with the HSDS project manager and the HSDS Process Evaluation Working Group, under the leadership of Dr. Louise Humbert, nominated HSDS co-PI, to oversee the analysis and reporting of the HSDS process evaluation objectives. The evaluator will also work in close collaboration with an evaluator in New Brunswick where this work is also occurring.
Role of Healthy Start Process Evaluator
Provide support for the analysis implementation processes of the Healthy Start intervention, to determine the quality of implementation, to assess implementation as designed and satisfaction level of participants. The findings from the process evaluation should inform the interpretation and understanding of the findings in the Healthy Start outcome/impact evaluation. The evaluator will be responsible for:
- Continuing the collecting, processing and managing the data relevant to the process evaluation (work in progress);
- Coordinating the process data analysis plan in collaboration with the evaluation team and co-investigators;
- Coordinate the consolidation of data information in collaboration with SK and NB evaluation teams and with HSDS staff;
- Attend scheduled planning meetings for the process evaluation committee;
- Review HSDS Process Evaluation project logic model;
- Contribute to and review the authorship protocols according to the draft list of topics and in consultation with the PI and the HSDS evaluation team (University of Saskatchewan / Université de Moncton and Sherbrooke).
Process Evaluator Deliverables & Timeline
- Answer the monitoring questions for all of the core elements of the HSDS project that provides context, informs and aligns with the work of the outcome assessment (impact and evaluation results) before or by March 31, 2016.
- Provide a comprehensive analysis and mid-point report according to the Healthy Start Process Evaluation objectives for Saskatchewan and New Brunswick to be submitted by March 31, 2016.
- Submit regular progress reports on process evaluation updates, milestones and final mid-point assessment of the implementation; on an on-going basis for the duration of the contract.
- PhD or Master’s ; Master’s in Public Health; background in nutrition, kinesiology, or health promotion training and experience;
- Demonstrated competencies in qualitative or process evaluation experience required;
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; multi-tasker;
- Strong analytical and writing skills; ability to report on the process evaluation data;
- Highly motivated, self-managing and detail-oriented.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Excellent communication skills, independent worker.
- Preference given to a resourceful candidate with experience in data management: collection, tabulation, analysis and reporting.
- Bilingual candidate (French / English) is an asset.
- Creative and flexible as well as having working knowledge of various computer tools i.e. MS Office, SPSS, or other statistical analysis tools).
General Information / Application Process
This is a, part-time contract position, 0.5 FTE (based on a 37.5 work week), to start as soon as available; from September to March 31, 2016. The evaluator can work in an office setting at the RSFS; at the University of Saskatchewan or from other proposed location.
- Application Criteria: Please submit a proposal detailing steps to meeting the HSDS Process Evaluation objectives and deliverables as stated above; how experience and training as well as any other relevant experience or qualifications align with the required qualifications of this contract. Include a timeline with proposed fees /proposed payment tranches, availabilities, preferred location of work and most current resume.
- Fees: contract commensurate to experience and education; range between $15000.00 – $20000.00
- Deadline: September 15, 2015
- Submit to: Gabrielle Lepage-Lavoie, Program Manager, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “HSDS Process Evaluator” in the subject line.
Please see our website for more information www.healthystartkids.ca.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those who respond to the application criteria will be invited to an interview.