Formative evaluation of the Baltimore City Male Reproductive Health Initiative
This present study used quantitative and qualitative methods in a formative evaluation of selected aspects of the Baltimore City Male Reproductive Health Initiative (BCMRHI). The purpose of the BCMRHI project is to develop, implement, and evaluate a reproductive health education and outreach program targeting adolescent and young adult males aged 11--29 years through their involvement in existing community and faith-based organizations (CBO/FBOs) across Baltimore City. Apart from the immediate benefits of formative evaluation for the on-going intervention, the study might be informative for the design and implementation of more effective interventions for African American males. For the quantitative component of the study, the sample consisted of 180 males aged 12--29. The qualitative component involved the purposeful selection of a sample of stakeholders including, implementers, the project coordinator and several participants. Findings revealed that more than half of the participants engaged in sexual activities, and used alcohol and drugs (marijuana). In addition, most had insurance and a regular health care provider. The study also found that the program exhibited good fidelity of curriculum implementation, and there was a good level of participant satisfaction. There was however, a lack of implementer buy-in and developmental appropriateness which negatively affected curriculum fidelity.
The evaluation of aspects of this intervention revealed the importance of project staff and participant buy-in. In addition, planning for needed resources is a vital part of project development, ensuring that there are sufficient funds available for salaries and incentives for participants as well as for the collaborating community-based, organizations.
0344: Social research
0680: Health education