Qualitative evaluation of a knowledge transfer training programme in maternal and child health in Burkina Faso, West Africa

Moukaïla Amadou, Ermel Johnson, Gauthier Tougri, Abdramane Berthe, Issiaka Sombie


The study evaluated a first session of the knowledge transfer training programme organised for Ministry of Health workers in the area of maternal and child health in Burkina Faso. The objective was to obtain the participant’s perceptive for improving the training programme. A qualitative study was conducted during and after the first training session, using the four levels of Kirkpatrick training evaluation framework. A group discussion was organised with 17 participants during the training and a few weeks after the first training session, 11 of them were interviewed again. A thematic analysis of the transcribed interviews was done in line with the objectives of the evaluation. We noted that the participants had a good impression of the training, in relation to their expectations, the adequacy and quality of the teaching. The 11 post-training interviewees stated that they had acquired knowledge and skills relevant to their work. Using the learner's behavioural change model, three groups emerged as a result of the training. The first group expressed intent to use the knowledge gained, the second group set conditions for the effective application of the knowledge acquired, including the enabling professional environment. While the third group felt that despite the knowledge and skills they had acquired, they would need assistance with the applying the skills at their jobs. In conclusion, the training improved the capacity and skills of health workers, but an enabling professional environment and support will facilitate the application of knowledge. (Afr J Reprod Health 2020; 24[4]: 101-108).

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