Programme evaluation to increase the quality of psychosocial support for methadone clients in Indonesia

Programme evaluation to increase the quality of psychosocial support for methadone clients in Bandung as a part of operational research

Psychosocial support benefits to the increase of therapy retention as well as to the quality of life of methadone clients. Rumah Cemara - a community-based organisation in Bandung, Indonesia, has started the implementation of this programme since 2011 as a pilot project. In order to increase the quality of the service, further investigation to the intervention is necessary. The improvement of the strategy and tools to support psychosocial support programme will be done through operational analysis, which will commence after an evaluation. This study is aimed to discover the process, problems and supporting factors as well as the benefits of psychosocial support programme for methadone clients in Rumah Cemara, therefore, improvement and development of modules can be done based on the evaluation, the needs of clients and the capacity of the organisation.

This study will be divided into four stages:

1. Identification of benefits of the existing programme.

2. Identification of needs, implementation and the capacity of the organisation.

3. Module improvement and verification.

4. Trial of improved module.

Initially, this study will focus on the first three stages which are expected to take ten months. Qualitative approach will be the main methodology of this study through observation, in-depth interview and focus group discussion (FGD). Information is gathered from people who are directly involved in the programme such as beneficiaries, programme implementers, methadone clinic staff. The component of the evaluation will be based on reach, programme effectiveness, programme adaptability, implementation and maintenance. The fourth stage of the study will be done after evaluation and finalisation of improved module. The strategy of study dissemination will focus on advocacy of psychosocial support programme for methadone clients.

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