Application of a multisite empowerment evaluation approach to increase evaluation capacity among HIV services providers: Results from project pride in Chicago

Lauren B. Beach, Emma Reidy, Rachel Marro, Amy K. Johnson, Peter Lindeman, Gregory Phillips, Patrick Stonehouse, George J. Greene*

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Abstract

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Project PrIDE, a national initiative to implement and evaluate demonstration projects to increase PrEP uptake among HIV-negative individuals and to re-engage HIV-positive individuals in HIV care. Our team served as the Evaluation Center for Project PrIDE organizations in Chicago and used an empowerment evaluation (EE) approach to enhance evaluation capacity at these organizations. To evaluate our approach, we assessed organizations’ evaluation capacity and engagement in technical assistance and capacity building activities in 2016 and 2018. Respondents who self-reported higher engagement with the Evaluation Center and who spent a greater number of hours engaged with our evaluators experienced greater increases in evaluation capacity tied to implementation of evaluation activities and technical assistance utilization. These findings demonstrate that multisite EE can be successfully applied to increase the evaluation capacity of organizations providing both HIV prevention and care services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-151
Number of pages15
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Data to Care
  • Empowerment evaluation
  • HIV prevention
  • Pe-exposure prophylaxis
  • Project PrIDE
  • Sexual and gender minorities
  • Transgender persons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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