Multisite evaluation of field epidemiology training programs : findings and recommendations
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Multisite evaluation of field epidemiology training programs : findings and recommendations

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      Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs): Field Epidemiology Training Programs are two-year training in service programs that aim to enhance the epidemiologic capacity of the public health workforce in the host country or region. FETPs provide participants with hands-on experience in responding to disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other public health priorities including disease surveillance. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partner organizations assist Ministries of Health (MOHs) and other public health authorities to establish FETPs to improve and strengthen the host country’s public health systems and infrastructure. The critical long-term outcomes of these programs are to improve public health functioning in the following ways: Public health events are detected, investigated, and responded to quickly and effectively; A robust surveillance system is established and used effectively; Human capacity is developed in applied epidemiology and allied areas; and, Public health decisions are driven by scientific data.

      Multisite Evaluation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs): CDC designed and implemented this evaluation in partnership with the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) and participating countries. This is the first evaluation in more than a decade to examine implementation and proximal (i.e., short-term) outcomes across multiple FETPs supported by CDC. The purposes of the evaluation were to (1) document selected components of program design and implementation across all participating sites; (2) determine progress toward the intended outcomes of the program; and (3) demonstrate accountability for use of resources and results. From June 2012 to February 2013, CDC and TEPHINET completed data collection in collaboration with 10 FETPs: national programs in China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Vietnam, and regional programs in Central America, Central Asia, and South Caucasus. This report provides detailed information on design of the evaluation, participation of stakeholders throughout the evaluation, data collection and analysis, key findings, use of data to inform ongoing planning and evaluation activities, and recommendations for action to improve FETPs.

      Citation: Jones D, MacDonald G, Volkov B, Herrera-Guibert D. Multisite Evaluation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs: Findings and Recommendations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Atlanta, Georgia, 2014.


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