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Building the evidence that what we do saves lives

12
APR
2013

Aids Alliance

This week the Alliance hosted a workshop to explore practical ways for our Linking Organisations to better understand their results. The participants were specifically tasked with developing a new set of indicators to measure the impact of Alliance programmes. Two workshop participants tell us what they had learnt.

The three day workshop, Managing better results for HIV, health and human rights, was held in Brighton, UK from 8-10 April.

It involved participants from seven of the Alliance’s most successful Linking Organisations including: Alliance Cote d’Ivoire, Alliance Uganda, Alliance Ukraine, ANCS (Senegal), India HIV/AIDS Alliance, KANCO (Kenya), KHANA (Cambodia) and POZ, Haiti. Together, these eight organisations were responsible for 58% of the Alliance’s 4.5 million reach last year.

The workshop was timed to coincide with the launch of the Alliance’s new strategy, HIV, health and rights: sustaining community action to end AIDS, as well as the finalisation of our 2012 impact results (to be published in June 2013). The first day of the workshop provided an opportunity for south-to-south learning with participants sharing their individual success in measuring their national results.  We then challenged participants to re-think how they measure their contribution to the national HIV response in order to improve the outcome indicators we will use in the results framework for our new global strategy.

Two participants reflect here on the value of the discussions at the workshop.

India

Kaushik Biswas, Manager: Monitoring and Evaluation, India HIV/AIDS Alliance said:

“This workshop provided a very important platform to learn from other Linking Organisations and reflect on our own ways of working.  I found the group discussions most beneficial [focused on three areas: how we can ensure our programmes reach those most in need, how we can measure the contribution of civil society and how we manage concepts of value for money in our programmes].

“We are implementing some very large programmes – including Pehchan the largest Global Fund grant for prevention work among men who have sex with men and transgender people and Vihaan, another Global Fund supported project which aims to reach 1.2 million people living with HIV in 28 states. That’s equivalent to 67% of the national target in India.

“This workshop was a useful platform to consider how we can measure the impact of these programmes, as well as their reach. We heard about different costing methodologies being used across the Alliance – such as in Kenya through the Community Action on Harm Reduction Project – and look forward to being able to share such experiences so we can consider if these would be suitable in our own contexts. 

"Alliance India is engaged in conducting some large scale outcome evaluation studies.  This workshop has created a platform where we hope we can share our own experience in this area.  We also look forward to further discussion around developing a well defined set of outcome indicators to strengthen the comparability across Alliance programmes globally."

Ukraine

Pavlo Smyrnov, Deputy Executive Director: Program said: “Last year, we were praised by the Office of the Inspector General at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for our management of a $183 million grant.  Last month, we announced that the incidence of HIV in the general population of Ukraine had dropped for the first time in more than a decade – due in large part to the scale of our programming. 

“Whilst we are delighted with these successes, we are aware that as a middle income country where most of our programming is funded by international donor aid which is likely to reduce over the next 3-5 years, it is vital that we do more to build the commitment of the government of Ukraine to tackle HIV and to justify the role of civil society within that response.”

 “We are not alone. All of the countries represented at the workshop spoke of their need for evidence to convince national governments to fund civil society to undertake outreach among the key populations that are vulnerable to or affected by HIV and AIDS.  At the workshop we began to think of possible ideas, including collecting data in areas in which no civil society groups are active as well as in those areas where our individual organisations and partners are working in order to create compelling comparative data.”

“Whilst these concepts are not new, Alliance Ukraine has not previously thought about conducting outcome evaluations in this way, meaning we have struggled so far to prove to state actors that our involvement is of value.”

Next steps

The Alliance will further develop the draft set of performance indicators that were defined during the workshop, and use these to supplement the results framework for the Alliance’s new strategy.The coordinator of the workshop, Jill Russell who is Associate Director of the Alliance’s Strategic Information Unit, said:

“These three days challenged us to articulate the strategies we need to ensure our programmes can deliver the results required to achieve a sustainable response to HIV.  We will now pilot the new performance indicators to identify where more inquiry or operational research is required.

“Our new strategy anticipates the need for more innovation in our programme approaches and models of implementation.  What this workshop has shown is that we have strong Linking Organisations with staff who have the skills and ideas to make this happen.”

A full workshop report will be produced.  To register your interest in receiving a copy, click here.

View pictures from the workshop here.