Session 3: Manualizing Community Based Interventions

Instructor

Alinne Barrera

Aims

The overall goal of this session is for participants to understand the challenges, benefits, and process of manualizing a community intervention. 

Objectives

After this session, participants will:
  1. Understand the challenges and benefits of adapting a community intervention
  2. Be able to apply the manualization process to their own projects
  3. Be able to describe at least one method of adapting and testing a manualized intervention to the internet

Key Terms

Agenda

  • 09:00-09:15: Introductions
  • 09:15-09:45: Working with the community – Sanando el Corazón
  • 09:45-10:15: Adapting manualized intervention – Mothers and Babies Internet Project
  • 10:15-11:00: Discussion
  • 11:00 -11:10: Break
  • 11:10-12:00: RSG

Readings

  • None

Teaching Materials

Supplemental Resources

  • None

Assignments

  • None

Summaries of Objectives

  1. Understand the challenges and benefits of adapting a community intervention
  2. Be able to apply the manualization process to their own projects
    1. The 8 steps of manualization (as interpreted from the teaching materials):
      1. Hold a focus group with providers to describe the intervention. Supply providers with a concrete outline of the intervention, define the target population, and define what is AND what is not the goal of the intervention.
      2. Observe the intervention with 5-10 cases to confirm efficacy of intervention. Transcribe the events that actually occur during the intervention, taking note of the differences between what you say you are doing and what you are actually doing.
      3. Create written manual based off of the outline of the intervention (step i) and your experiences conducting the intervention (step ii).
      4. Peer review of the manual to confirm that intervention is described as intended.
      5. Conduct focus groups with the intervention recipients from step ii.
      6. Conduct focus groups with the intervention providers from steps i and ii.
      7. Modify the manual based on feedback from steps iv – vi.
      8. Pilot test the manual with 15-30 intervention recipients.
  3. Be able to describe at least one method of adapting and testing a manualized intervention to the internet
    1. Steps to adopt a manualized intervention to the internet include: a) editing out face-to-face interactions, b) reviewing the remaining manual to confirm that all of the core theoretical concepts are still covered, c) adding interactive components (images, videos, etc.), and d) obtaining feedback from both professional and members of your target population

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