The study assessed the effectiveness o f the community outreach programs of selected dental schools in the Philippines;namely University of Baguio,Iloilo Doctors ‘College,Davao Medical School Foundation and Centro Escolar University.
The researcher used the descriptive-evaluative method of research in her attempt to assess the community outreach program of selected dental schools of the Philippines.The Purposive Sampling Technique was used in the choice of the dental schools . These schools were chosen because they were some of the biggest if not the biggest dental schools in the region in terms of population. Meanwhile,Stratified Random Sampling technique with proportional allocations was used in the choice of the respondents on the assessment of the community outreach program.
For data gathering;survey,questionnaire,observation,interviews and documentary analysis were used.There were a total of 186 respondents ,male and female which were classified to beneficiary and implementor respondents in the study representing the different dental schools. The questionnaires were administered together with the conduct of interviews and observations were done simultaneously.
The assessment of the program was based on the following aspects; attainment of program objectives,planning,implementation,management,monitoring,facilities/resources/logistics,training of staff,and evaluation activity. In treatment of data,frequency and percentage,Arithmetic mean,and standard deviation were used to determine the degree of agreement to the implementation of the program
The respondents were generally female,ages 32-39 and unemployed for beneficiary-respondent,implementor-respondents ages 18-24,mostly dental students.In assessment,objectives (M=4.07,SD.56),planning(M=4.02,SD.64),implementation(m=3.90,SD.65)management(M=4.01,SD.62),
During interview,most common problems of the program were lack of funds,lack of materials resources and lack cooperation among community members were noted.
1. Both beneficiaries and implementers of the program perceived that the program was effective in all 8 aspects .
2. Lack of funds, lack of material resources and lack of cooperation among community members were the primary problems of the program.
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