Does Implementation Follow Design? A Case Study of a Workplace Health Promotion Program Using the 4-S Program Design and the PIPE Impact Metric Evaluation Models

Antti Hermanni Äikäs, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Mirja Hannele Hirvensalo, Pilvikki Absetz

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the content of a multiyear market-based workplace health promotion (WHP) program and to evaluate design and implementation processes in a real-world setting.

METHODS: Data was collected from the databases of the employer and the service provider. It was classified using the 4-S (Size, Scope, Scalability, and Sustainability) and PIPE Impact Metric (Penetration, Implementation) models. Data analysis utilized both qualitative and quantitative methods.

RESULTS: Program design covered well the evidence-informed best practices except for clear path toward sustainability, cooperation with occupational health care, and support from middle-management supervisors. The penetration rate among participants was high (99%) and majority (81%) of services were implemented as designed.

CONCLUSION: Study findings indicate that WHP market would benefit the use of evidence-based design principles and tendentious decisions to anticipate a long-term implementation process already during the planning phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-760
Number of pages9
JournalJOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Diet, Healthy
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Forestry
  • Health Promotion/organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Fitness
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation/methods
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Workplace

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