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Examples of Evaluation Measures

Rural HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs must identify measures to evaluate their activities. Examples of evaluation measures include:

  • Process Measures, which focus on measuring how services are provided. Could include the number of:
    • Condoms distributed
    • HIV tests performed
    • Clinic visits per year
    • Clients connected to a peer navigator
    • Attendees at a workshop or training
    • Eligible clients referred to social services
    • Primary care patients receiving routine HIV screening
    • Partner notifications made by healthcare providers and/or HIV-positive clients
    • Staff members trained to conduct pre- and post-test counseling
    • Newly diagnosed people attending a clinic visit within three months of diagnosis
  • Outcome Measures, which focus on measuring the results or overall achievements of the program.
    • Change in health behaviors over time (for example number of unprotected sexual encounters in the last month)
    • Change in the number of people or clients who have achieved viral suppression
    • Change in attitudes or awareness of HIV risk behaviors
    • Change in policies or legislation related to HIV/AIDS (for example criminalization laws, syringe exchange laws)

Resources to Learn More

Measuring HIV Stigma and Discrimination
Guides researchers on the important characteristics of stigma and discrimination related to HIV in various populations: people with HIV, healthcare providers and the general population. Discusses how stigma may be measured to better understand the impact of stigma and how it may be decreased.
Author(s): Stangl, A., Brady, L., & Fritz, K.
Organization(s): International Center for Research on Women
Date: 2018

Offers a collection of reports and best practices for HIV/AIDS program.
Organization(s): TargetHIV, HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program