WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED

The results of an external evaluation demonstrated that Physician for Peace is:

  1. Is highly effective for building local healthcare capacity;
  2. Positively impacts healthcare professionals’ clinical practices and the quality of patient care and is
  3. Sustainable through a pay-it-forward philosophy where healthcare professionals trained share their knowledge with up to 70 additional colleagues.

Impacts on health professionals’ knowledge, skills and practices

  • Health care professionals reported valuable knowledge acquisition and skill development training.
  • 100% of International Medical Educators surveyed reported they observed improvements in the competence of in-country health professionals by the end of their mission.
  • 94% of in-country healthcare professionals reported that PFP training positively impacted their clinical practices and quality of patient care.

In-country health professionals experienced an increased sense of empowerment resulting from Physicians for Peace training.  

  • On average, for every healthcare professional trained, they in turn go on to train up to 70 healthcare professionals through hands-on training, lectures, conferences, and other informal training.
  • 80% of International Medical Educators surveyed agreed that in-country healthcare professionals reported improvement in the depth of collaboration after PFP training.

Impacts on patients touched by PFP-trained professionals

  • Health care professionals report the positive impact of PFP training on patient well-being including better overall health, improved quality of care, improved self-image as well as the ability to enjoy new opportunities and return to old activities.

We continually refine our systems to evaluate the impact our work is having around the world.  This is how we hold ourselves accountable to our own high standards and how we keep raising that bar even higher. We start by asking the right questions and collecting the most useful data. We listen openly to feedback from our stakeholders. We use what we hear in the field and what these data tell us to refine our programs.

We know we will only reach our goals by continually challenging ourselves to be our absolute best. One of our model’s greatest strengths is its adaptability. This enables us to apply what we are learning to constantly adjust our strategies to meet our objectives. In areas where we can demonstrate a significant positive impact from our work, we challenge ourselves to find ways to increase that impact.  After identifying best practices, for example, we seek out opportunities to replicate them across disciplines or geographies.