Sigma Research

London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Partnership (LGMHPP): programme development and co-ordination

Duration: April 2001 - March 2008

This project continues and develops some of the work instigated in the LINK Evaluation, which is described separately.

In April 2001 the majority of London Health Authorities collectively funded a London-wide collaborative programme of HIV prevention for Gay men and Bisexual men. Sigma were commissioned to provide a strategic co-ordination role, as well as a centralised monitoring and evaluation system. We aim to facilitate programme planning and to maximise the effectiveness of Gay men's HIV prevention. The project involves a series of monitoring and mapping studies and some technical assistance to commissioners and providers of health promotion services.

The following activities are running concurrently in each year of the programme.

Describing and monitoring interventions: We centrally compile a description of the entire programme in a systematic manner, using material provided by health promoters about their setting, method (objectives), target group and aims (intended outcomes). These intervention descriptions form the service agreement between funders and health promotion agencies, and provide the plan against which implementation is monitored. The intervention qualitites being judged are feasibility and cost. The descriptions are updated yearly, taking into account the previous years activity.

Programme coverage and access evaluation: Further work is being carried out to assess the coverage of each intervention, and whether there is equity of access across target groups. A common evaluation instrument, containing ten closed questions has been developed for use by all providers delivering direct contact health promotion. It asks about area of residence, age, ethnicity, educational qualifications, HIV testing history, number and gender of sexual partners and drug use. We are collating and analysing this data across the programme.

The service user monitoring cards used in face-to-face interventions in the programme are available to download - version 1 (2002-2004) and version 2 (2004-2007).

Key contact: Ford Hickson

Collaborating agencies:
Camden Primary Care Trust, Good Sexual Health Team 
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
Naz Project London
Terrence Higgins Trust