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ChIPS research evaluation

  • Note: the evaluation is research project that is now complete. The ChIPS program is still active. 

    Chronic Illness Peer Support Program

    The objective of the ChIPS program is to reduce the overall burden of disease and enhance the health and wellbeing of young people living with a significant chronic health condition, helping them to:

    • Better adjust to life with a chronic illness
    • Develop a range of personal abilities
    • Increase their sense of control over their health
    • Become more active in their community.

    The youth participation framework of ChIPS ensures that a consumer focus underpins every aspect of the program. 

    ChIPS is a complex health promotion intervention in which many different processes operate for participants, on many different levels.

    An in-depth process evaluation of the program was undertaken in 2009-2010. The evaluation aims to:  

    • develop greater understanding of the mechanisms and outcomes of the ChIPS program
    • establish whether the current content and format of the 5 tier ChIPS program continues to be appropriate
    • gather young people, parent, peer group leader, program facilitator and other key informant perceptions about the suitability and relevance of the program
    • identify changes that might enhance the format/outcomes of the program

    This is primarily a qualitative evaluation. Approximately 50 interviews will be completed by the end of 2010. Quantitative data has also been collected from program participants.

    In line with the youth participation framework of the program, members of the ChIPS reference committee have been included in evaluation and dissemination planning.

    A comprehensive evaluation report will be available early in 2011. Members of the ChIPS reference committee are keen to develop a youth-focused multimedia presentation for conveying the research findings during their advocacy work with schools and community groups. Academic publications will also be developed to communicate key research findings.