“It made my life healthier…” Outcome evaluation of the Capital Chicks CANberra initiative.
Earlier this year Women’s Health Matters undertook an evaluation of the Capital Chicks CANberra (CCC) initiative. The CCC initiative is a virtual ‘smart health community’ funded by ACT Health which commenced in June last year. The initiative’s aim was to bring together Canberra women to turn the health of Canberra around, one step at a time.
Diabetes NSW & ACT engaged Women’s Health Matters because of our expertise understanding and knowing women’s health and wellbeing in the ACT.
The evaluation of the CCC initiative involved undertaking a consultation with CCC members to seek how joining the CCC platform had impacted their health and wellbeing. We sought to know if they had changed their understanding of the health impacts of gestational (GDM) and type 2 diabetes and if they had undertaken any positive behaviour changes.
The evaluation found that women joined CCC to improve their health, to find health information specific to them and connect with local women and services. They reported improvements in their awareness of lifestyle factors that influence GDM and type 2 diabetes, had identified and made changes to their behaviour and were able to manage their health better.
Although they did not feel particularly connected to other local women they reported that they would recommend the CCC initiative to a friend.
Additionally, responses highlighted the need to investigate the useability of the website and mobile application to make it more user friendly.
“Women’s Health Matters are excellent communicators and highly professional in what they do. They got to know our project and were sensitive to our needs. The report they produced for us exceeded our expectations, it was detailed and practical.”
(Feedback from Diabetes NSW & ACT about the evaluation of the Capital Chicks CANberra initiative)