This community-based evaluation of ABPO's bereavement intervention operated under the nine key principles of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) (Israel, Schulz, Parker, & Becker, 1998).
The AIDS Bereavement Project of Ontario developed and secured funding for the Survive & Thrive community-based bereavement intervention, evaluation protocol and associated instruments in collaboration with community members, ABPO's Provincial Advisory Committee and community-based researchers.
The follow-ups were done, when possible, at an in-person evening session facilitated by ABPO staff.
With respect to the latter, it was made clear that those who decided to not participate in the evaluation, or who withdrew from the evaluation at any time, would not jeopardize their involvement in the 2-day retreat (intervention) or their access to ABPO services or other healthcare or social services available to participants.
In keeping with CBPR methods all findings were subjected to detailed analytical review and discussion sessions with the research team and ABPO's Provincial Advisory Committee.
This project sought to understand the experience of AIDS-related loss among long-term survivors in Ontario; and examine outcomes related to ABPO's peer-based bereavement support group intervention.
ABPO's intervention framework, Survive & Thrive significantly improved outcomes of reinvestment in sexual and social relationships, individual psychosocial well-being and resiliency.
It is possible that respondents who completed all three segments of the evaluation did so because they attended the in-person, follow-up sessions facilitated by ABPO, thus potentially contributing to the effect of social desirability in our results.
The manual is in the public domain and can be accessed via ABPO's website (www.abpo.org).