Presentation on theme: "Program Evaluation Regional Workshop on the Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Programs February 14 – 24, 2011 New Delhi, India."— Presentation transcript:
Program Evaluation Regional Workshop on the Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Programs February 14 – 24, 2011 New Delhi, India
Objectives of the Session By the end of this session, participants will be able to: Understand the purpose and role of program evaluation Distinguish between different evaluation types and approaches Link evaluation designs to the types of decisions that need to be made
Why Evaluate HIV/AIDS Programs? To improve the design an implementation of a program To reach informed decisions on the allocation of existing limited resources, thereby increasing program performance and effectiveness To identify factors that influence health and social outcomes To generate knowledge, to know what works and what does not. Good evaluations are public goods
Current Challenges in Evaluating HIV Preventon Programmes HIV prevention programmes are increasingly complex, multi-component and context-specific The underlying behavioural theories leading to multiple behaviour changes and ultimately impact are difficult to assess; Many projects/interventions/services aim to affect HIV risk factors and/or vulnerabilities rather than averting HIV infections directly. Source: Strategic Guidance for Evaluating HIV Prevention Programmes. UNAIDS 2010
All Programs/Projects have (implicitly or explicitly): Objectives Expected outcomes Target population Mechanism(s) to deliver services (the intervention) Criteria for participating in the program A conceptual framework that provides rationale for program existence (sometimes called the Development Hypothesis)
Monitoring vs. Evaluation Objectives of Monitoring: To provide information on the functioning of the program: a) Is it progressing according to plan? b) Identify problems for correction To track key program elements over time (to assess changes) Characteristics of Monitoring: Mostly tracks key quantifiable indicators of key program elements: inputs, processes, outputs, and outcomes Often done on a routine basis Key issue: good measurement using relevant indicators No assessment of what is the cause of the change in the indicators
Objectives of Evaluation: - To determine whether a program achieved its objectives - To determine the impact of the program on the outcome intended by the program - How much of the observed change in the outcome can be attributed to the program and not to other factors? Characteristics of Evaluation: - Key issues: causality, quantification of program effect - Use of evaluation designs to examine whether an observed change in outcome can be attributed to the program Note: Monitoring tells you that a change occurred; Impact Evaluation will tell you whether it was due to the program Monitoring vs. Evaluation
Source: Strategic Guidance for Evaluating HIV Prevention Programmes. UNAIDS 2010
Deciding Upon An Appropriate Evaluation Design Indicators: What do you want to measure? Provision Utilization Coverage Impact Type of inference: How sure to you want to be? Adequacy Plausibility Probability Other factors Source: Habicht, Victora and Vaughan (1999)
Clarification of Terms ProvisionAre the services available? Are they accessible? Is their quality adequate? UtilizationAre the services being used? CoverageIs the target population being reached? ImpactWere there improvements in disease patterns or health-related behaviors?
Clarification of Terms Adequacy assessment Did the expected changes occur? Are objectives being met? Plausibility assessment Did the program seem to have an effect above and beyond other external influences? Probability assessment Did the program have an effect (P < x%) Source: Habicht, Victoria and Vaughan (1999)
Adequacy Assessment Inferences Are objectives being met? Compares program performance with previously established adequacy criteria, e.g. 80% ORT use rate No control group 2+ measurements to assess adequacy of change over time Provision, utilization, coverage Are activities being performed as planned? Impact Are observed changes in health or behavior of expected direction and magnitude? Cross-sectional or longitudinal Source: Habicht, Victora and Vaughan (1999)
Plausibility Assessment Inferences (1) Program appears to have effect above & beyond impact of non-program influences Includes control group Historical control group Compares changes in community before & after program and attempts to rule out external factors Internal control group Compares 3+ groups/individuals with different intensities of exposure to program (dose-response) Compares previous exposure to program between individuals with and without the disease (case-control) External control group Compares communities/geographic areas with and without the program Source: Habicht, Victora and Vaughan (1999)
Plausibility Assessment Inferences (II) Provision, utilization, coverage Intervention group appears to have better performance than control Cross-sectional, longitudinal, longitudinal-control Impact Changes in health/behavior appear to be more beneficial in intervention than control group Cross-sectional, longitudinal, longitudinal-control, case- control Source: Habicht, Victora and Vaughan (1999)
Probability Assessment Inferences There is only a small probability that the differences between program and control areas were due to chance (P <.05) Requires control group Requires randomization Often not feasible for assessing program effectiveness Randomization needed before program starts Political factors Scale-up Inability to generalize results Known efficacy of intervention Source: Habicht, Victora and Vaughan (1999) Source: Habicht, Victoria and Vaughan (1999)
Evaluation Flow from Simpler to More Complex Designs Type of evaluation ProvisionUtilizationCoverageImpact Adequacy1 st 2 nd 3 rd 4 th (b) Plausibility4 th (a)5 th Probability Source: Habicht, Victoria and Vaughan (1999)
Possible Areas of Concern to Different Decision Makers Type of evaluation ProvisionUtilizationCoverageImpact AdequacyHealth center manager International Agencies District health managers International Agencies PlausibilityInternational Agencies Donor agencies Scientists ProbabilityDonor Agencies & Scientists Source: Habicht, Victora and Vaughan (1999)
Process Evaluations Assess whether the program was implemented as intended May look at Access to services Reach and coverage of services Quality of services Client satisfaction May also provide an understanding of cultural, socio- political, legal and economic contexts that affect implementation of the programme.
Outcome/Impact Evaluations Assess whether changes in outcome/impacts are due to the program. May look at Outcomes such as HIV-related behaviors, Health impacts such as HIV status, life expectancy
Program start Program midpoint or end Time Outcome The Evaluation Question: How much of this change is due to the program? Evaluating Program Impact
With program Without program Program start Program midpoint or end Time Outcome Evaluating Program Impact Net Program Impact
Features of Different Study Designs True experimentQuasi-experimentNon-experimental Partial coverage/ new programs Control group Strongest design Most expensive Partial coverage/ new programs Comparison group Weaker than experimental design Less expensive Full coverage programs -- Weakest design Least expensive
Readiness criteria for Outcome & Impact Evaluation The program is implemented with sufficient quality has achieved adequate coverage is of long enough duration that expected change in the specified outcomes for the evaluation has had time to occur
When to use an experimental or quasi-experimental design The program has unknown effectiveness There is the potential for negative effects The program is politically or otherwise risky Source: Strategic Guidance for Evaluating HIV Prevention Programmes. UNAIDS 2010
Who should plan for Evaluation? All programs should conduct basic monitoring Most programs should conduct process evaluations Implementation assessments Quality assessments Coverage assessments Some programs should conduct outcome evaluation when evidence is needed as to whether the program is effective
References Adamchak S et al. (2000). A Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Adolescent Reproductive Health Programs. Focus on Young Adults, Tool Series 5. Washington D.C.: Focus on Young Adults. Fisher A et al. (2002). Designing HIV/AIDS Intervention Studies. An Operations Research Handbook. New York: The Population Council. Habicht JP et al. (1999) Evaluation designs for adequacy, plausibility and probability of public health programme performance and impact. International Journal of Epidemiology, 28: Rossi P et al. (1999). Evaluation. A systematic Approach. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. UNAIDS (2010). Strategic Guidance for Evaluating HIV Prevention Programmes.
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