Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine Child Health Promotion Research Center

2 Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

3 Department of Health education and Health Promotion, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


Background: Assessment of national children’s growth indicated a high prevalence of growth
failure among them. Many previous projects have studied the children’s growth and nutrition
status; but most of them leave it without evaluation. The aim of this study was to evaluate Mothers’
Participation Project that carried out in Isfahan after passing two years. Materials and Methods:
In this descriptive and summative evaluation study, 90 mother and child pairs were enrolled. They
were studied in two case and control groups. We used CIPP Evaluation Model (Context, Input,
Process, Product). Data collected using children growth chart and questionnaire was used in
the project. Obtained data were analyzed by nonparametric statistical tests. Results: The results
showed significant differences between the two groups in following items; mean of maternal
self-esteem (P < 0.001), maternal performance in training others (P = 0.006), weekly study
time (P = 0.004), frequency of mothers participation in education programs (P = 0.002), their
knowledge about the growth monitoring card (P = 0.03), their ability in drawing growth curves
(P < 0.001), mothers knowledge about types of growth curves (P = 0.001) and the objectives
of growth monitoring (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Considering the sustained improvement of
maternal knowledge and function regarding children’s growth and development after two years
of participation in the project, the performance of CIPP model was confirmed in this field.


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