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Evaluation

Evaluation of Prevention Interventions
Evaluation is an organized collection of information about prevention activities and program outcomes to judge the activities, make improvements, and provide direction for future programs. It is useful in determining if prevention interventions can be replicated or adapted in other settings. Prevention interventions are systematically organized in a classification scheme.

Evaluation Basics
Find out the steps in evaluation of HIV prevention interventions and learn about the types of evaluation. California providers can review these steps and the types of evaluation with an OA Intervention Specialist to determine whether their organization has the capacity to conduct a thorough evaluation.

Why Evaluation is Important to HIV Prevention
Evaluation is an essential element for prevention program success. It enables planners and providers to monitor progress toward program goals; identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement; and assess the effectiveness and impact of interventions and other prevention activities on HIV risk behaviors and HIV infection rates. Evaluation is necessary to demonstrate that funds are being spent appropriately and effectively, and that further funding and increased support may lead to even greater HIV prevention benefits.

Service providers evaluate the impact of their intervention within the community they serve. Local Health Jurisdictions and Local Implementation Groups evaluate any number of interventions implemented in the jurisdiction. State planners conduct evaluations of statewide HIV prevention efforts. Evaluation is fed back into the Community Planning process to provide data to improve program implementation.