Programming Connection

Around the Kitchen Table 

Chee Mamuk Aboriginal Program, BC Centre for Disease Control
British Columbia
2010

Evaluation

To date, at least 361 people have taken part in the project, including both facilitators and participants. Since 2006, evaluation data has been compiled from multiple sources:

  • Project documentation and reports prepared by various community facilitators (see Reclaiming Our Traditions in Program Materials for examples of reporting forms)
  • Personal interviews (conducted in person, via telephone and by email) with project personnel, members of the ATKT working group, community facilitators and participants
  • Participant observation at workshops by program staff
  • Workshop evaluations

It was determined that the ATKT project had a positive overall impact on cultural sharing among participating communities and in building overall skill and confidence level of people in each community.

Collecting evaluation data has continued to be challenging for Chee Mamuk. Community facilitators have expressed distrust in evaluators and general apprehension about conducting evaluations. Chee Mamuk continues to problem solve this aspect of the project and offers incentives, such as additional dollars to run future ATKT sessions, for sending in forms.

While Chee Mamuk considers the implementation of ATKT in each community that completed the project to date a success and while some common positive outcomes were noted across the communities served, evaluators were unable to find one standard definition of “success.” Each community had different priorities and different resources to work with locally, so accomplishments varied. The majority of respondents, however, agreed that linking health education and the revival of cultural teachings was an effective model for reaching communities.

Evaluations of the training sessions by the facilitators were consistently positive. Short-term outcomes included small but promising increases in knowledge of HIV/AIDS and confidence in teaching others about cultural practices. Participants perceived growth in:

  • cultural knowledge
  • health knowledge
  • cultural skills
  • self-confidence
  • pride and cultural identity

Local facilitators reported increased self-care behaviours among community members who attended their sessions as well as a “ripple effect” through which those who came to sessions passed on their new knowledge to others in the community. They also reported a decrease in HIV-related stigma in their communities.

Support for ATKT has been demonstrated through increasing interest in the project from BC communities. For round three, 19 communities applied to participate, not including 10 communities that did not meet the application deadline. Since the start of round three community implementation, 44 communities have requested the training. Given that Chee Mamuk currently can train five communities at one time, this is an overwhelming interest. In the future, Chee Mamuk hopes to run the project twice a year and also to hold a two-day follow-up training for any previous ATKT leaders who would like some additional training and support.

Limited funding did not allow for Chee Mamuk to conduct an evaluation to measure the medium- or long-term outcomes.