HIV and AIDS
The goal of MEASURE Evaluation's HIV and AIDS work is to help HIV and AIDS programs respond to the epidemic based on evidence through the use of high quality data. We actively support the strategic information priorities of USAID’s Office of HIV and AIDS (OHA), the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) in the Department of State, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).
Global leadership and collaboration
Collaboration with organizations such as UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNICEF, results in improved measurement methods, M&E and strategic information tools, evaluations, data demand and use, and knowledge management. International collaboration results in HIV and AIDS M&E products that are responsive to multiple stakeholders, reflect expertise shaped by global consultation, and streamline guidance and harmonize indicators to reduce burdens on front-line providers.
Methods and tools
The initial years of PEPFAR were characterized by rapidly expanding HIV and AIDS service-delivery infrastructure that necessitated new tools to collect information and assess progress. MEASURE Evaluation developed monitoring systems for PEPFAR in several countries and assisted in the development of tools specifically to improve patient monitoring and linkages, verbal autopsy and vital events monitoring, orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) care, data quality, routine health information systems, and geographic mapping of health. MEASURE Evaluation continues to maintain and support the use of those tools and to evaluate them to improve data collection and provide better information about the epidemic and service needs. For emerging areas such as gender, integration of services and information systems, community-based programs, and "knowing your response," we are adapting existing tools and developing new ones.
Strengthening the evidence base
Early efforts to strengthen the evidence base for HIV programs included the development and implementation of the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) methodology which provides HIV prevention programs with data to help them identify and target locations where people engage in behaviors that put them at increased risk for HIV infection. MEASURE Evaluation also conducts evaluations to inform programs and policies. We work to address the methodological constraints to evaluation by improving data collection methods and measures.
Data use, capacity and knowledge management
All HIV and AIDS activities have built-in components designed to increase the use of data to inform HIV and AIDS policy and programmatic decision making. MEASURE Evaluation works to build HIV and AIDS M&E capacity at the individual, organizational, and systems levels through a variety of platforms including virtual strategic planning and development programs, e-learning modules, and in-person training workshops at the regional and country levels. Sharing of HIV and AIDS information takes place through a number of channels including publications, webinars, in-person meetings, and the HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Network (AIMEnet) and Child Status Network communities of practice.