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Table 1 Summary of assessment methods, purpose, recruitment and timing

From: Transforming UNICEF’s approach to health system strengthening: what place can a blended learning course play?

Methods and mode Purpose Recruitment Timing
Online survey To explore prior knowledge about HSS actions; perceptions of their readiness and their organisation to implement HSS approaches All 2017 UNICEF enrolees invited via email to complete online survey At HSS program enrolment
Online surveys To explore experiences and perceptions of learning content, structure, mode of delivery; potential future actions regarding HSS actions All 2017 UNICEF enrolees invited via email to complete online survey At 6 weeks and completion of online HSS program
Focus group discussions—in person To explore graduates’ experiences and perceptions of the HSS program All 2017 UNICEF graduates Australia were invited to participate At face-to-face modules 13 & 14 in Melbourne, Australia
Online survey To explore experiences of implementing and applying HSS actions; organisational readiness and support required to implement graduates’ learnings All 2017 UNICEF graduates invited via email to complete online survey Six months post-HSS program
Individual semi-structured interviews—telephone or Skype To explore to what extent learning changed: ways of thinking, work practices; and whether graduates were supported to apply learnings from HSS program 15 UNICEF graduates purposively sampled: across 7 UNICEF regions and roles were invited via email to participate 12 months post-HSS program
Individual semi-structured interviews—telephone or Skype To understand and explore impacts and benefits of the HSS learning upon graduates, and work environment within which graduates return to after training 15 UNICEF Senior Managers of graduates purposively sampled: across 7 UNICEF regions and roles were invited via email to participate 12 months post-HSS program
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