While there's no quick fix for making sure your community health workers are engaged with your program, you can increase the odds by taking these steps.
Beginning any new training program can be an exercise in anxiety. Testing, piloting and review are essential steps that lead to a more successful training program, but the true test of the effectiveness of a program is when your community health workers succeed on the job.
Strategies for engagement vary widely, depending on the course and who's taking it. And there's no one way to make sure that your participants are actively involved. However, there are a few guidelines you can follow that will help make your CHW training stick.
Ask early and often what participants think.
A survey at the end of the course is good. Asking your health workers throughout the course how the material relates to their work is even better. Learners will often forget details by the end of a course.