Purpose: One approach increasingly used by governments to deliver on public initiatives is to partner with private enterprise through public–private partnerships. This study is a qualitative process evaluation of an Australian state-wide workplace health programme “Get Healthy at Work” from the currently under-researched perspective of the private service providers. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine service providers. Interviews were transcribed and analysed inductively. Results: Service providers reported an alignment of motives and skills between the programme and their organizations as a benefit of the partnership. However, they also described misalignments: between the potential and realized value of the programme to businesses and service providers; the programme cycle and business operational processes; and the capacity building approach and businesses’ expectations of the service.Conclusions: Although several hallmarks of a well-functioning private–public partnership were evident, misalignments of process and expectations challenged sustained partnership involvement by providers. Careful consideration must be given to the ongoing management functioning of cross-sector engagement and partnering in health promotion practice in order to ensure public health goals are being met, but also that the model is mutually sustainable.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- health promotion
- lifestyle-related disease
- process evaluation
- workplace health program