About Research & Evaluation
HealthHIV is the premier, national HIV non-profit working with organizations, communities and professionals to advance effective prevention, care, and support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV through education and training, technical assistance and capacity building, advocacy, and health services research and evaluation. HealthHIV supports primary care providers treating HIV, as well as community and faith-based organizations involved in HIV prevention, care and treatment.
The HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team leads the expansion and improvement of HIV services by providing systematic analyses of effective, evidence-based health practices. We provide clinicians with reliable information on the state of the national healthcare environment, assist organizations in developing programs, and disseminate the findings to the HIV community.
HealthHIV uses rigorous research and evaluation methods to monitor progress, identify barriers, and make continuous quality improvements. Through funding development, we offer organizations the capacity to measure and report the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and services. Our services include:
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
HealthHIV conducts CQI by analyzing practice gaps and informing how to reduce these gaps to achieve an effective and efficient health care system. Specific performance measures are tracked over time to illustrate where to make corrections, reduce errors, and have the greatest impact. HealthHIV quality improvement models connect critical health indicators to high outcome standards and facilitate continuous feedback among organizations, communities, and professionals.
Needs assessments, also called community profiles, needs and resources surveys, or similar designations, seek to inform those that have the ability to implement and sustain change. The findings from data collected at key informant interviews, focus groups, public forums, and from surveys allow HealthHIV to clearly demonstrate the health services needs of people living with or at risk for HIV. Needs assessments are critical to funding development, surveillance, and strategic planning.
HealthHIV has the capacity to conduct federal, state, and local policy analysis. By identifying existing data sources, developing data collection instruments, conducting literature reviews, analyzing data disseminating the findings, the HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team has the expertise to examine the effects of policy change on the implementation of HIV prevention and care programs in communities across the country. The HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team has the academic and professional public health backgrounds necessary to comprehend the gravity of public policy dialogues taking place in Washington D.C. and state capitals across the U.S. More importantly, we can translate these conversations and related data into easy-to-understand parlance so providers and the communities they serve understand the impact these policies may have locally.
The HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team is often called upon to join program staff from Prevention, Education and Training, and Capacity Building and Technical Assistance to go into the field. Together, the HealthHIV staff and service providers identify technical assistance and capacity building needs of the providers. These needs are often similar to those of many similar organizations across the country. When this happens, the HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team works with program staff to develop specific programs to address these specific needs. Working together in the development of programs ensures the appropriate emphasis on evaluation throughout development and implementation of the program. This profound emphasis on evaluation throughout allows HealthHIV, as an organization, to learn from and grow as a result of the program and enables us to demonstrate the value of the programs to the organizations we serve. Most recently, HealthHIV developed programs specific to the unique issues faced by women of color in preventing and treating HIV and issues regarding the improvement of health literacy. The Research & Evaluation team also presents the findings from these innovative programs at national and international conferences.
Survey Design & Implementation
The HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team designs, implements, and manages surveys of varying breadth and scope. We conduct online and paper-based surveys, focus groups, roundtables, and in-depth interviews reaching audiences ranging from staff at one HIV service provider organization to as broad as primary care providers attending national and international conferences. The HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team is particularly interested in designing and implementing surveys to expand the collective understanding of contemporary issues impacting the delivery of HIV prevention and care programs. Most importantly, the HealthHIV Research & Evaluation team is interested in the issues impacting the overall health and well-being of people living with HIV.
Technical Assistance & Training
HealthHIV provides technical assistance and training for professionals to improve their capacity to conduct research and evaluation. Specific service areas include the following:
- Monitoring and evaluating cost effectiveness and efficiency;
- Establishing program goals, objectives, and associated metrics;
- Designing surveys and collecting needs assessment data;
- Conducting health disparities and cultural competence research;
- Improving health services access and utilization using evidence-based decision-making; and
- Triangulating multi-site evaluation data.
To contact our Research & Evaluation team please or call 202-232-6749.