The presentation will outline the development of a new shortened midwifery programme in Scotland, the stakeholder-led participatory approach to evaluation and the emerging themes of interest for the management and leadership of midwifery education and the evaluation strategy.
Based on workforce and maternal needs in the rural and remote areas of Scotland a shortened two-year midwifery programme delivered remotely via blended learning commenced in January 2022. The programme enables adult nurses in Scottish rural and remote areas to obtain a postgraduate midwifery diploma.
Aim To generate an evaluation approach that will enable the construction of a practical evaluation framework enabling (future) decision-making on the operationalisation of the shortened midwifery programme.
Design Practical Participatory Evaluation, including the data production and the knowledge co-construction process.
Methods The data were collected using a semi-structured approach via an informal online (interactive) oral dialogue and via email-based consultation. A structural analysis was performed: the units of meaning (what was said) were reflected and quantified in units of significance (what the texts were talking about) from which the key themes or topics for evaluation emerged.
Results A community of 35 stakeholders, including 12 students and other stakeholders (lecturers, programme team, school management, management health boards, university tutors/ midwives, placement team, NHS Education for Scotland) engaged. The analysis showed 91 items that stakeholders identified to be important for evaluation purposes.
These were further analysed into five developing themes of interest for the implementation and evaluation of the programme.
• Student self-constructs
• Infrastructure and organisation
• Learning communities
• Professional identity
The items of interest and themes will be discussed and how they will inform the evaluation strategy.
Crozier, S., Kuipers, Y., McLuckie, C., & Norris, G. (2022, November). How to evaluate the Scottish shortened midwifery programme – an exploration of stakeholders’ perceptions. Paper presented at Scotland Maternity and Midwifery Festival, Edinburgh