Objective 5: Better information on the epidemic and the response.

Target Populations

Indicators

Expected Results

Country level M&E, surveillance, and operational researchers; policy makers, managers, MARP and PLH groups and other users of evidence.

5.1 Countries with a national HIV monitoring & evaluation system in place, based on agreed guidelines.

By 2014, at least 14 countries will have effective M&E systems in place.

5.2 Countries that publish evidence‐based annual reports evaluating progress toward NSP goals, as per
agreed guidelines (including full participation of vulnerable groups.

MARP and PLH entities will report effective incorporation in 80% of NSP annual planning and evaluation processes.

5.3 Countries that have done end‐of‐term evaluations of their NSPs involving peers from other Caribbean
countries.

Four (4) or more countries will have done at least one such evaluation with peers from the region on the evaluation teams.

Overview of Approach: Improving the availability and use of information on the epidemic and on the response to it will be central to achievement of the goals of the rest of this project. Obtaining data to fully and accurately monitor the indicators for outcomes and objectives will depend on improvement in the capabilities and integration of national and regional M&E and information systems. That will entail activities distinct from the M&E functions associated with performance measurement and management of the activities of this project, which will be separately carried out under supervision of the PR and will benefit from the strengthening of M&E capabilities to which this Objective will contribute.

The purpose of this objective is to initiate a new stage in the ability of the region and its countries to track the epidemic and to assess the impact of measures taken in response. The focus will be on improving capacity to monitor the evolving status of key vulnerable populations and their HIV awareness and related behaviours throughout the Caribbean. Two types of action are contemplated: continued strengthening of national M&E programmes, centred on enabling them to plan on their own and to use the M&E information generated to develop more cost‐effective means to control and manage the epidemic, and building country and in region capacity to critically evaluate both sectoral and NSP programmes.

Use of a gender perspective, promotion of results‐oriented approaches, and application of the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) principle will be crosscutting themes.

SDA 5.1 Information System Strengthening


ACTIVITY

EXPECTED RESULTS

5.1.1 Provide technical support to develop and strengthen national M&E systems, using agreed tools and standardised data collection for regional reporting. [CHRC]

Country HIV programmes accurately reporting at least 70% of NAP/NSP indicators and conducting analyses with
stakeholders.

5.1.2 Develop in‐region capacity and conduct evaluation of health sector response in 5 countries and a pilot evaluation of an education sector response. [CHRC]

6 sector HIV response
Evaluations - 5 in health and 1 in education - have contributed to the respective NSP evaluations.

5.1.3 Develop in‐region capacity to conduct evaluation of country responses at the end of their NSPs. [CHRC]

At least one evaluation facilitated per year (years 2‐5), involving peer evaluators from other Caribbean countries, with vulnerable groups participating.

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