Peers, Drugs and Politics: Role of peer insights in harm reduction

W3 at the SiREN Symposium

W3 presented at the 2016 SiREN symposium – a showcase of innovations in research and responses to sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses in WA.  You can watch the W3 presentation here:

Peers, Drugs and Politics: Role of peer insights in harm reduction programs and policies for people who use drugs


Sex, Drugs and Politics at PowerToPersuade

W3 Project presented at The Power to Persuade 2016 Symposium, and were invited to write an accompanying blog on the role of peer programs and leadership in the HIV and hepatitis C response

Sex, Drugs and Politics: Enhancing peer-led health promotion’s influence in community and policy systems

Sex, Drugs and Politics – Understanding community and peer-led health promotion as a complex system

The W3 Project is presenting in London on January 21

We will be providing an overview of our journey in the development and trialling of the W3 framework with our community partners, and discussing what we have learned. If you are in London come and join us. Thank you to our friends at Sigma Research.

Date: Thursday 21 January 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hosted by Sigma Research
Venue: Jerry Morris B, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SH, UK

Full details about the seminar are at the following link

Reflections from a workshop on using a systems approach

Workshop in partnership with CEIPS on Thurs 12 March at VicHealth.

In evaluation research, a systems approach provides a conceptual vocabulary and toolkit for improving our understanding of the relationships among the social processes that make programs and interventions ‘work’ as a whole.

In the W3 project we used a systems approach to develop a mid-level program theory for peer and community based health promotion. Here is our theory:

peer-and-community-based health promotion programs mediate between two complex adaptive systems, their target communities and policy environment, and the programs need to fulfil four key functions – engagement, adaptation, influence and alignment – in order to remain effective and sustainable in a constantly changing environment.

In early March we held a workshop with our colleagues at the Centre of Excellence in Implementation and Prevention Science (CEIPS) on using a systems approach in evaluation research with community-based health promotion programs.

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Understanding What Works & Why forum at AIDS2014

Thanks to all our panelists and participants in the discussion — we covered a lot of ground in a really productive way. Have listen, read the tweets, and make your contribution in the comments!

Listen online:

Live tweets:

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Workshops at the International AIDS Conference

The What Works & Why (W3) project and our international partners Quality Action are co-facilitating two workshops at the forthcoming International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, 20-25 July 2014.

The Quality Action skills building workshop (Tue 22 July 2.30-5.30pm) will review concepts and tools for Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance (QA/QI) for HIV prevention programs in developed countries.

The Understanding What Works & Why forum (Thu 24 July 6.30-8.30pm) will discuss new developments in strategic planning and evaluation for community-based organisations in the era of ‘combination prevention’.

Click the image below to view the invitation (PDF).  No RSVP is required.

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SiREN Symposium: Building on the foundations for ‘innovation’

The Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN) is proud to host a symposium bringing together practitioners, researchers and policy makers with an interest in evidence-based practice in preventing and reducing the impacts of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs). The Symposium will take place in Perth on 7 April. Information on the symposium, including registration, is available here.

The W3 Project team will be presenting in one of the sessions.