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Who uses the TEFT?
Why was the TEFT created?
How was the TEFT developed?
Who helped create the TEFT?
Can I get trained on how to use TEFT?
What if I have questions about how to use TEFT?
I’m having trouble viewing some of the e-learning activities.  Any suggestions?
Is there anything published about TEFT?

Q: Who uses the TEFT?

A: Training program funders, managers, and implementers can use it to answer questions such as

  • "What kind of results are reasonable to expect from a training program?"
  • "How should we prioritize evaluation funds across a very full portfolio of training projects?"
  • "What is reasonable to expect from an evaluator given time and resource constraints?"

Training program evaluators with all levels of experience will find the Framework and tools useful for organizing their thinking around how to conduct training evaluations. In meetings, the TEFT may be used to guide focused discussion on the scope and purpose of evaluation.
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Q: Why was the TEFT created?

A: Stakeholders have increasingly expressed a desire to move away from solely documenting training program outputs (for example, the number of individuals trained), toward documenting the outcomes and impacts of training activities (for example, the improvement in health service delivery and  specific improvements in population health). However, clearly demonstrating these links can be challenging.  The TEFT was designed to help.
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Q: How was the TEFT developed?

A: A mixed methods approach was used to guide the conceptualization and development of a framework and accompanying tools for outcome-level evaluation of in-service training. A literature review and 15 semi-structured key informant interviews provided data to inform conceptual development. The framework itself was then developed using an iterative approach: A preliminary draft was created based on findings from an initial set of key informant interviews and surveys, and the draft was reviewed by additional stakeholders, who provided feedback. This process of revision, feedback, and incorporation of revisions was completed two more times, and the resulting framework was piloted with two training projects.
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Q: Who helped create the TEFT?

A: The Training Evaluation Framework and Tools project draws on the efforts and expertise of many contributors. The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) undertook the TEFT project with funding from Cooperative Agreement U91HA06801-06-00 with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; and with the U.S. Global Health Initiative.

Major content was developed by the TEFT lead team: Frances Petracca, PhD; Thomas Perdue, MPH; and Gabrielle O’Malley, PhD. The content was strengthened through the instrumental contributions and support of Vivian Bertman, MSW; Shay Bleumer-Miroite, MPH; Michelle Desmond, MSW, MPH; Marrianne Holec; Ellen MacLachlan, PhD; Stacey Lissit, MPH, MS; Hope O’Brien, MPA, MPH; and Vickery Prongay, MPA.

In addition, the TEFT team would like to acknowledge the contributions of the many individuals who provided the interviews and materials used to inform, build, and improve this framework and tools.
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Q: Can I get trained on how to use TEFT?

A: You can learn more about TEFT in a variety of ways.

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Q: What if I have questions about how to use TEFT?

A: You can use our e-learning modules, or download the self study manual.  For specific questions, you may wish to contact the TEFT team.
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Q: I’m having trouble viewing some of the e-learning activities.  Any suggestions?

A: You might try opening the e-learning module in a different browser, different tab or clicking the refresh button in your browser.  Please email us  if you are having issues that cannot be resolved.
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Q: Is there anything published about TEFT?

A: Check out the journal, Human Resources for Health.  We’ve had an article accepted for publication:  "A framework for outcome-level evaluation of in-service training of health care workers",  by Gabrielle O’Malley, Thomas Perdue, and Frances Petracca.
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