What did we learn?
As the programme matures there is a growing body of learning for projects, evaluators, the programme team and the wider charity. There is learning at three levels:
Designing, managing and evaluating a programme
There is much to learn from the delivery of the HSCP programme about the design, management and evaluation of future programmes. There are several criteria which should be considered when scoping out future programmes including, focus, size of programmes, contract duration and monitoring and evaluation.
As projects have progressed, a number of factors informing high quality project management have been identified. These include: setting up formal steering groups to keep key project stakeholders up-to-date with progress; understanding how different stakeholders measure success; developing back-up plans for the personnel challenges; and considering sustainability from an early point in the project.
What works in delivering high quality follow-up care for men with prostate cancer
In the process of leading change activities in their local areas, projects have identified a range of challenges facing follow-up services for men with prostate cancer. Key themes include; the continued need to improve the integration of services (such as the quality of information which follows men from secondary to primary care); the continued need to raise awareness of prostate cancer among at risk groups; and the potential for an expanded role for the allied health professions in delivering follow-up care.
The report made a number of recommendations for managing the current and future programmes.