Community-based Indicators for HIV Programs: Presentation of a collection
Join MEASURE Evaluation for a one-hour webinar on July 31, 2018, at 10am EDT. The webinar will focus on a new online collection of community-based indicators for HIV programs and will be led by MEASURE Evaluation’s Jackie Hellen and Dawne Walker.
Information from community-based health programs is important for understanding what HIV programs are doing to test, treat, and retain in care people who are living with HIV. However, until now there has been no centralized registry of community-based indicators to inform HIV programming at the community level.
In 2017 and 2018, MEASURE Evaluation mapped HIV community-based data elements—for vulnerable children, key populations, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and prevention and outreach programs—to develop this collection of indicators for community-based HIV programs. The collection includes detailed indicator definitions and reference details, examples of data use for select indicators, links to additional resources, and a means to feedback and make recommendations. To develop this collection, we gathered data collection tools from implementing and governmental partners in Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Botswana to see what measures they use to monitor and evaluate HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs at the community level.
Use of validated indicators allows programs to measure if the beneficiaries of community programs are being assessed and tested, are receiving needed services, and if people living with HIV are adhering to treatment. Use of indicators also increases the likelihood that programs are monitored and that, therefore, more community data is reported into health information systems where they may be used to inform program, management, and service delivery decisions.