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BMC Research Notes

, 4:292

First Online: 12 August 2011Received: 07 January 2011Accepted: 12 August 2011DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-4-292

Cite this article as: Rolle, I.V., Zaidi, I., Scharff, J. et al. BMC Res Notes 2011 4: 292. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-4-292


BackgroundIn many developing countries, including Ethiopia, few have the skills to use data for effective decision making in public health. To address this need, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, in collaboration with two local Ethiopian organizations, developed a year long Leadership in Strategic Information LSI course to train government employees working in HIV to use data from strategic information sources. A process evaluation of the LSI course examined the impact of the training on trainees- skills and the strengths and weaknesses of the course. The evaluation consisted of surveys and focus groups.

FindingsTrainees- skill sets increased in descriptive and analytic epidemiology, surveillance, and monitoring and evaluation M and E. Data from the evaluation indicated that the course structure and the M and E module required revision in order to improve outcomes. Additionally, the first cohort had a high attrition rate. Overall, trainees and key stakeholders viewed LSI as important in building skilled capacity in public health in Ethiopia.

ConclusionThe evaluation provided constructive insight in modifying the course to improve retention and better address trainees- learning needs. Subsequent course attrition rates decreased as a result of changes made based on evaluation findings.

AbbreviationsCDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention

HAPCOHIV-AIDS Prevention and Control Division of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health charged with prevention and control of HIV and AIDS

LSILeadership in Strategic Information training course

M and EMonitoring and evaluation

MOHMinistry of Health

PEPFARPresident-s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

SIStrategic information

U.SUnited States

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1756-0500-4-292 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Irum Zaidi, Jennifer Scharff, Donna Jones, Aynalem Firew, Fikre Enquselassie, Ashenafi Negash, Negussie Deyessa, Getnet Mitike, Nadine Sunderland and Peter Nsubuga contributed equally to this work.

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Autor: Italia V Rolle - Irum Zaidi - Jennifer Scharff - Donna Jones - Aynalem Firew - Fikre Enquselassie - Ashenafi Negash - Negu

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