64 People Trained in PEPFAR Next Generation Indicators in Vietnam
(c) Jonathan Pearson
64 people representing 28 institutions were given an in depth introduction to PEPFAR Next Generation Indicators (NGI) September 24-25, 2009 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop focused predominantly on PEPFAR's NGI, data use for programmatic decision-making and M&E system readiness assessments and action plans.
"I personally thought that the workshop went extremely well and that the active & lively participation by all participants, including members of the USG SI Team & TWG Technical Leads and partner representatives was excellent,” said ThuVan T. Dinh, USAID Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Advisor, “It certainly was a good forum to have these types of discussions about the specifics of each NGI indicator.”
The objectives of the workshop were to introduce the overarching strategies, rationale and changes in PEPFAR’s NGI to US Government Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and implementing partners; to harmonize the definition of NGIs across all implementing partners and USG TWGs; to identify potential challenges with implementation of NGI and discuss possible resolutions to these challenges; and to foster a culture of data demand and use amongst implementing partners and USG TWGs for the purpose of improving Vietnam’s response to the HIV epidemic. By the end of the workshop, each participating partner organization developed action plans to address M&E system gaps and weaknesses relating to the NGI.
The indicators for all program areas were presented to the participants in hopes of harmonizing indicator definitions across all reporting entities. As many of the indicators are new, MEASURE Evaluation encouraged discussion between the USG TWGs and the implementing agencies to tailor the indicator definitions to the need of the Vietnam programs. Vietnam has a well developed national HIV M&E system; therefore special effort was made to harmonize, where possible, the PEPFAR NGIs with the national system.
There was spirited discussion about several of the indicators and while not all issues could be finalized during the short time period of the workshop, it was a spectacular information-sharing opportunity for the participants.
In addition to this initial orientation of NGI for USG and implementing partners, MEASURE Evaluation will provide follow up technical assistance to partners for implementation of the NGI.
The workshop was a tremendous success and received positive reviews by participants. It was clearly an excellent example of collaboration between MEASURE Evaluation, USG Strategic Information Team and USG TWG.