Resident Advisors Trained in PEPFAR Next Generation Indicators
MEASURE Evaluation Resident Advisors and staff from six countries met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to learn about the PEPFAR Next Generation Indicators, which went into effect for FY 2010 reporting. The training was led by Svetlana Negroustoeva of MEASURE Evaluation who supported the development and review of the new indicators.
Negroustoeva led participants through the new indicators for prevention, care, treatment and other PEPFAR program areas while Resident Advisors discussed data collection strategies, potential challenges for data collection, threats to data quality and nuances in indicator definitions. A summary of the discussions is being drafted for the PEPFAR Indicators and Reporting Work Team. Negroustoeva also introduced the Resident Advisors to the "Indicator Standards: Operational Guidelines for Selecting Indicators for the AIDS Response," the UNAIDS Online HIV/AIDS Indicators Registry, and the Indicators Scoring Sheet, all of which were developed by the UNAIDS MERG Indicator Technical Working Group to assist countries in the selection of HIV/AIDS indicators.
Five of the country teams presented on their experiences related to how they support PEPFAR reporting in their own countries. These presentations included:
- Cote d’Ivoire’s experience mapping national OVC indicators
- Mozambique’s portfolio of M&E capacity building activities with the Ministry of Women and Social Action, the National AIDS Council, and PEPFAR implementing partners
- Nigeria’s experience developing the Nigeria National Response Information Management System (NNRIMS) and an update on their plans for rolling out WHO’s new Interlinked Patient Monitoring System
- The experience of Rwanda’s National AIDS Council using data to inform their new national strategy
- Tanzania’s experience conducting data quality assessments as the basis for building M&E capacity among PEFPAR implementing partners
The country teams also had the opportunity to participate in break-out sessions to share experiences and exchange ideas on topics such as: building health information systems, supporting community-based information systems and planning for large-scale HIV/AIDS evaluations.
The highlight of the week came when the group visited the Salvation Army’s OVC program in Kinyerezi. During the visit, the team learned how Salvation Army volunteers in the Mama Makwuba program are collecting and using data not only for reporting, but also to manage their program and advocate for additional resources for OVC in their community, when necessary.