Evaluation of international case studies within ‘Live.Learn.Laugh.’: a unique global public-private partnership to promote oral health

Dugdill, L and Pine, CM 2011, 'Evaluation of international case studies within ‘Live.Learn.Laugh.’: a unique global public-private partnership to promote oral health' , International Dental Journal, 61 (2) , pp. 22-29.

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The partnership between the Fe´deration Dentaire International (FDI), and Unilever Oral Care, aims to raise awareness of oral health globally; to enable FDI member associations to promote oral health; and to increase the visibility of the FDI and authority of Unilever oral care brands worldwide. Country Projects between National Dental Associations (NDAs), the member associations of FDI, and Unilever Oral Care local companies have been established as a key strand of the partnership. Aim: This paper reports on the evaluation of an in-depth sample of Country Projects (n = 5) to determine their potential to impact on oral health. Method: Five country sites were selected as being indicative of different programme delivery types. Each site received a two-day visit during Spring-Summer 2009, which enabled the evaluators to audit what was delivered in practice compared with the original written project briefs and to undertake interviews of study site staff. Results: 39 projects in 36 countries have been initiated. In those examined by site visits, clear evidence was found of capacity building to deliver oral health. In some countries, widespread population reach had been prioritised. Effectiveness of partnership working varied depending on the strength of the relationship between the NDA and local Unilever Oral Care representatives and alignment with national marketing strategy. The quality of internal evaluation varied considerably. Conclusions: Over a million people had been reached directly by Country Projects and this public private partnership has made a successful start. To move towards improving oral health rather than only awareness raising; future Country Projects would benefit from being limited to certain evidence-based intervention designs, and using an agreed core indicator set in order to allow cross-country comparison of intervention outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: International Dental Journal
Publisher: FDI World Dental Federation
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0020-6539
Depositing User: L Dugdill
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2011 08:51
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 12:17
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17465

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