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Curtin University
Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health

WA AIDS Council Health Promotion and Positive Services Review (2007-2010)

Investigators:

Chief Investigators

  • Dr Graham Brown (WACHPR, Curtin University)

Funding

  • Western Australian AIDS Council (WAAC) ($25,000)

Project Aims/Objectives

This participatory action research project aims to:

  • Develop a framework for HIV health promotion programs that integrate the multi-community and multi-level approach of community-based interventions to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV;
  • Develop, trial and validate evaluation tools that are sustainable within a community sector organisation to build evidence to guide the enhancement of programs;
  • Support the building of organisational capacity of the Western Australian AIDS Council in monitoring and evaluation; and
  • Collaboratively analyse the monitoring and evaluation data.

Background

The Western Australian AIDS Council had a range of programs that had developed over many years from a mix of concurrent and pilot project funding and different sources of funding. This resulted in a mix of target group driven programs and strategy driven programs. These programs had become relatively separate in their perspectives due their different histories and development.

Project Overview

This collaborative project aimed to develop a framework that could incorporate the differences and overlaps of different targeted communities with whom the Western Australian AIDS Council works and how the different programs and services impact on each other. A framework that staff from diverse programs such as counselling, outreach, peer group workshops, venue liaison, social marketing and community development could engage with and identify how their work related to each other in achieving shared goals and objectives. This participatory action research project aimed to develop this framework, as well as develop and validate monitoring and evaluation approaches that were practical and useable in the reality of the limited resources.

Associated Projects

This project is part of a broader research program to build both the evidence base for HIV prevention policy and planning, particularly in the area of peer and social influence, as well as the capacity of the HIV sector to sustain evaluation as a core component of an effective and integrated HIV response.