At the table, helping shape international policies and programs
Developing Guidelines for Monitoring HIV Programs
MEASURE Evaluation led a multiagency process to develop operational guidelines that can be used globally for monitoring and evaluating HIV programs at national, sub-national, and state levels, specifically for programs that target key populations – injecting drug users, sex workers, transgender people, and men who have sex with men. These guidelines fill an M&E gap; while existing global HIV indicators allow standardized comparison of HIV programs across countries, they fail to be effective for monitoring and evaluation at lower levels. In addition to describing a full strategy for obtaining strategic information about key populations at each level, the guidelines include tools to collect and organize the information and provide references and links to further guides that address specific tasks such as estimating the size of key populations and analyzing modes of transmission. The new guidelines have the potential to increase the impact of HIV programs for high-risk populations by making it easier for countries to coordinate and integrate national, sub-national, and service-delivery monitoring.
Linking Public Health with Spatial Data Infrastructure
MEASURE Evaluation has helped advance the progress of geographic information systems in global health by uniting the public health community with the spatial data information (SDI) community. Traditionally, the SDI community has been skewed toward other industries, such as infrastructure, utilities, and natural resources. Bringing the two communities together gives the public health community access to SDI committees, where national policy regarding spatial data is made and where spatial data and knowledge-sharing flourish. We worked with UNAIDS and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to bring together public health and SDI representatives, which resulted in UNECA passing a resolution to make linkages between the two sectors. We also co-hosted a national mapping summit in Nigeria to formalize the connection between the two communities there. Such meetings have been key to assimilating public health into the spatial data information sphere in countries throughout Africa.
Monitoring Community-based HIV Interventions
Between 2010 and 2012, MEASURE Evaluation worked with multilateral, donor, and local organizations to compile an indicator set for use in monitoring community-based HIV interventions. We spearheaded a collaborative process to first identify key services being implemented by community structures and then to compile and select a set of core indicators to monitor these services so that community-based interventions continue to be accountable. By constantly seeking input from other organizations, we were able to strengthen global health partnerships while developing the indicator set. The UNAIDS Investment Framework promotes community-based structures as an efficient mode of service delivery and recognizes the role of community mobilization as critical to the success of HIV interventions, making the ability to monitor community interventions an essential component of a country’s overall monitoring and evaluation strategy.