Sharing the Findings from the PLDI Impact Evaluation and Celebrating the Contributions that Made It Possible!

We are excited to share a summary of findings and longer report of results for the PLDI Impact Evaluation that took place over the last year. Please find the  summary and report for your reading pleasure!

The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) has built the resilience and leadership capacities of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in British Columbia since 2009. To date, this unique training program by and for PLHIV has held 21 trainings, with over 176 participants answering the question “Who am I as a leader?” In realizing their leadership potential, many PLDI participants have done extraordinary things in their communities and are leading the way in many different roles, positions and sectors.

Knowing that leaders own their words and look for opportunities to change and grow, PAN decided it was time to explore the impacts of PLDI in BC and evaluate whether the program is meeting its goals and objectives. In order to ensure the longevity of the PLDI Program with community members, funders and other stakeholders, PAN decided to report the impacts of the PLDI Program with an evaluation and was fortunate to receive financial support from the Public Health Agency of Canada and REACH 2.0 for the process. Through this evaluation, we were able to explore the impacts of the program and honor the leadership of the combined 2000 years of Core Leadership Graduate lived experience by gathering concrete data about PLDI graduates’ accomplishments since and as a result of the training. We wanted to include and celebrate PLDI graduates’ leadership activities in their communities and across the province because we know they are doing amazing things.

In the spring of 2016, PAN established the PLDI Impact Evaluation Steering Committee which reflected a diversity of partners and stakeholders who have been involved with the PLDI program in BC, including PLDI Trainers, PLDI Grads, community-based organizations, funders, PAN staff, and health authority representatives. This group was responsible for initiating and guiding a peer-led, participatory impact evaluation. The Steering Committee was also responsible for upholding the principals of the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV.  As such, the Steering Committee supported PLHIV Peer evaluators to facilitate the planning and implementation of the PLDI participatory impact evaluation.

The Peer Evaluator role is very similar to a Peer Researcher or a Peer Research Associate but with a focus on evaluation methods and content. A team of four Peer Evaluators (Darcy, Candice, Paul and Martin) were hired, trained, and supported to conduct the evaluation. At the time, two of the Peer Evaluators had participated in the PLDI program and two had not. This amazing group of PLHIV participated at all levels of the PLDI impact evaluation including project planning, creating data collection tools, the data collection itself, data analysis, reporting, and a communication plan for sharing the findings of the evaluation. Candice, Paul, Darcy and Martin showed exemplary leadership skills guiding the impact evaluation from start to finish. They created standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. Without the leadership of these dynamic Peer Evaluators the success of the evaluation would not have been possible.

The PLDI Impact Evaluation had an amazing response to its online questionnaire and in-person interviews. The evaluation team was able to collect feedback from PLDI participants and community stakeholders thought out the province. The PLDI Impact Evaluation wrapped in April 2017 and PAN is now working to distribute its findings in reports to funders, participants, and stakeholders. It is also worth noting that PAN is already working to apply many of the findings and recommendations from the evaluation in order to improve BC’s PLDI program and to develop materials that promote PLDI, so that more PLHIV in BC realize their leadership potential. You can find more findings, summaries and reports on the PLDI Impact Evaluation webpage  – keep checking back as we are currently developing more items to share more about this work!

Thank you to all of you who helped contribute to this evaluation! It is important for us at PAN to check in on our work in order to understand its impacts and to learn how to make it better. The amount of PLDI Grad participation in this project is a testament to the PLDI program and also an example of the amazing leaders we have in BC.

Visit the PLDI Impact Evaluation webpage.


Questions? Feedback? Get in touch! Jaydee Cossar, PLDI Manager, [email protected]