Sara-Christine Dallain
Student: Sara-Christine Dallain
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During the summer of 2012, I interned at the Réseau Africain de l’Education pour la Santé(RAES) in Dakar, Senegal. The organization’s mission is to promote and reinforce health and education in Africa through social communication strategies and information and communications technologies (ICTs).

The primary responsibilities of my internship were to conduct a formative evaluation of the online platform conseil-ados and a process evaluation of the Project Radio Info Ado. The conseil-ados online platform was created in partnership with the Youth Promotion Project (PPJ) and Adolescent Counseling Centers (CCA) with the purpose of providing youth an accessible and comprehensive source to youth oriented reproductive health information.The objective of my evaluation was to assess the attitudes, opinions and Internet habits of Senegalese youth with the goal of informing RAES whether elements of the website, including messages, materials and images, were acceptable and appropriate for the target population.

Project Radio Info Ado, financed by OneWorld UK and produced and created by RAES, trains Senegalese youth to develop and create professional radio programs on a variety of reproductive health topics in order to educate and inform their peers as well as become advocates in their communities. The objectives of my Project Radio Info Ado process evaluation were to monitor the extent to which the project was implemented as planned, to understand the impact of the radio shows by assessing the attitudes and opinions of the Senegalese youth regarding the radio shows, and to measure the reach of the radio shows in the community.

My work consisted of conducting literature reviews, many key informant interviews, conducting focus groups and implementing open and close-ended questionnaires in the community. I was able to produce a collection of data regarding the opinions and attitudes of urban adolescents ages 15 – 21 in different cities in Senegal, as well as build strong relationships with community partners.

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