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The Live Safe Play Safe Evaluation Project

Jan 19, 2009

The Live Safe Play Safe Evaluation Project

The purpose of Live Safe Play Safe (LSPS) evaluation was to examine the implementation and outcomes of the LSPS project. The LSPS project is an innovative sport and games-based program for health promotion and HIV / AIDS education and prevention among children and communities affected by war, poverty and disease. The project aims at promoting health, building life skills, and fostering peace among youth and children in communities. To read more...

Francois in drama with Rwandan youth group

Data gathering for the evaluation involved a field visit toKigaliand Gisenyi inRwanda, andFreetownand Makeni inSierra Leone. Additional evaluation data was gathered in telephone interviews with stakeholders fromGhana,Canadaand theUnited States. As typical of research studies at CCBR, a participatory approach was adopted for the evaluation. A stakeholder steering committee provided guidance for the evaluation process at all phases.

To enhance the richness of the data gathered in the field, a battery of tools including surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, drama, and participant observation were utilized.

Data gathering was made successful by excellent preparations made by Right To Play's country staff in support of the evaluation. These very hardworking field staff helped to arrange and schedule all survey administration, key informant interviews and focus groups in bothRwandaandSierra Leoneahead of Jonathan's arrival.Altogether, evaluation data was gathered from 983 individuals representing the five main stakeholder groups in the project, namely, program staff, LSPS coaches, parents, community leaders, and youth and children.

In both countries, members of all stakeholder groups participated actively and enthusiastically in data gathering activities. In both countries, the evaluator found the drama play with youth and children a most fascinating experience. The drama play allowed children to be entertained and have fun as their knowledge, attitudes and skills towards HIV and AIDS and people who are living with HIV and AIDS were being assessed. The main character in the drama scene was a puppet giraffe (donated by Rowen and Sasha Marsh, twin-children ofSarah Marsh, a researcher at CCBR) named Francois inRwanda(or Foday inSierra Leone). Francois was very troubled because his friend Claude had lost both parents to AIDS; and "worst still" Claude had tested positive to HIV. Francois went seeking information and advice from his youth participant-audiences. The drama ended with Francois re-iterating the information he had learned from his audience and vowing to remain Claude's friend.

During the data gathering activities in bothRwandaandSierra Leone, according to Jonathan, he was amazed by how children whose parents were, not long ago, at war with each other, played and learned together in peace and harmony. He also noticed the ease with which both children and adults in both countries were able to speak openly about HIV and AIDS and sexuality; subjects that used to be, and still are, taboos in many African communities. This healthy development, Jonathan believes, sets a great example in HIV and AIDS education inAfrica.