Title: Empowerment evaluation of worker safety and health education programs.
Authors: McQuiston, T H
Published In Am J Ind Med, (2000 Nov)
Abstract: The need to expand the use of evaluation to learn how education programs contribute to workers' occupational safety and health is well documented. Similarly recognized is the need to expand workers' involvement as primary stakeholders in program evaluation.Articles for this review were identified through computer database and manual searches related to: intervention research and evaluation; occupational safety, health training, and education; and worker participation and empowerment.After identifying empowerment as a multilevel and multidimensional concept, this review used a theoretical framework of evaluation to show how various participatory and empowering approaches can affect evaluation studies and their use.The field of occupational safety and health has a unique historical opportunity to further expand workers' involvement in their own education through the use of participatory and empowering approaches to evaluation. Use of these approaches has the potential to strengthen capacities for organizational learning and improve both program theory and practice.
PubMed ID: 11025500
MeSH Terms: Community Participation/methods*; Health Education*; Humans; Occupational Health*; Program Evaluation; United States