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Table 3 Self-assessment on knowledge and skills for pre-and post-training course

From: Evaluation of a consulting training course for international development assistance for health

Course modules Consulting knowledge/skills Pre- Post- Z-value
M(P25~P75)a M(P25~P75)a
(1) International DAH Definition 3(2~ 3) 4(4~ 4.5) − 3.684
Aid agencies and organizations 2(2~ 3) 4(3.5~ 4) − 3.923
Achievements and challenges 3(2~ 3) 4(3.5~ 4) −3.825
(2) Global health Concept 3(3~ 4) 4(4~ 4) −3.491
Global health governance 3(2~ 4) 4(3.5~ 4) −3.520
Health diplomacy in China 3(2~ 3.5) 4(3~ 4) −3.640
Quality and ability of experts 2(1~ 3) 4(3~ 4.5) −3.926
Project management 3(1.5~ 3) 4(3~ 4.5) −3.852
(3) ToR & CV Components of ToR 2(1~ 2) 4(3.5~ 4) −3.785
Writing and modifying CV 2(1.5~ 3) 4(3.5~ 4) −3.682
(4) Analysis method of health system Six elements of the health system 3(2~ 4) 4(4~ 4.5) −3.660
Epidemiological analysis methods 4(3~ 4) 4(4~ 4.5) −3.000
(5) Role of consultants Global health challenges 3(3~ 3) 4(4~ 4) −3.640
China’s contribution to global health 3(2~ 3) 4(3~ 4.5) −3.739
China participates in global health consultation 2(1.5~ 3) 4(3~ 4) −3.874
(6) Methods of collecting and analyzing data Design discipline 3(2.5~ 3) 4(3.5~ 4) −3.945
Scientificalness and feasibility analysis 3(2.5~ 3) 4(3.5~ 4) − 4.146
Quantitative research methods 3(3~ 4) 4(3~ 4.5) −3.771
Qualitative research methods 3(2~ 3.5) 4(3~ 4) −3.704
Similarities and differences between consultation and research 2(1~ 3) 4(3.5~ 4) −3.867
(7) Organizing and implementing the consulting activities Consulting preparation 2(1~ 3) 4(3~ 4) −4.072
Implementing consultation 2(1~ 3) 4(3~ 4) −4.075
Completing of consultation 2(1~ 3) 4(3~ 4) −4.086
(8) Writing report Structure and content 2(1~ 3) 4(3~ 4) −4.064
Writing cautions 2(1~ 2.5) 4(3~ 4) −4.083
  1. aRating scale: 1 = know nothing about it, 2 = have heard something about it, 3 = have some knowledge but no skills, 4 = have the relevant knowledge and skills, 5 = can apply knowledge and skills effectively; “M” = median, “P25” = upper quartile, “P75” = lower quartile; all of the p values < 0.001