What is it about?

The aim of this study was to evaluate a Health Service Executive (HSE) Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion (FPSHP) with a specific emphasis on capacity building.

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Why is it important?

Findings support the reach and impact of the programme participants’ knowledge, confidence, skills and sexual health promotion activities. However, greater emphasis needs to be placed on the importance of developing inter-organisational capacity within the programme as well as providing participants with strategies for achieving this.


Capacity building in sexual health promotion was affected positively by participation in the programme. Nonetheless, a greater emphasis on capacity building at an inter-organisational level needs to be considered. It is recommended that participants need to be motivated, guided and supported in the use of strategies to achieve this.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Sexual health promotion programme: Participants’ perspectives on capacity building, Health Education Journal, December 2014, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0017896914563320.
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