Sigma Research

Evaluation and development for the National African HIV Prevention (NAHIP) programme

Duration: April 2009 - June 2012

From 2009 to 2012 we were commissioned by the African Health Policy Network (AHPN) to provide evaluation and development (E&D) services to NAHIP, the National African HIV Prevention programme for England. The NAHIP programme included 19 community based organisations co-ordinated by AHPN. The programme was funded by the Department of Health from 2006-2012.

The overall aims of our NAHIP E&D programme were to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of HIV health promotion intended to contribute to a reduction in HIV incidence through sex between African people in England. We hoped that as a result of our programme, those responsible for the planning and delivery of interventions would have a greater knowledge of health promotion need, programme configuration and intervention performance. Our NAHIP E&D programme was divided into three main areas of work: strategy & workforce development; basic research to inform future campaigns; and monitoring and evaluation.

NAHIP strategy & workforce development
This area of work predominantly concerned what HIV health promotion should be trying to achieve with African people in England. It included a dedicated website called KWP in practice which brings together the collaborative planning framework The Knowledge, The Will and The Power and the accompanying planning Handbook. We also provided training to health promoters in the NAHIP partnership, to increase engagement with the KWP framework; additional briefing sheets on specific topics pertinent to KWP; two whole-day knowledge transfer and planning seminars; and consultancy with NAHIP staff and partners within NAHIP.

Basic research to inform future campaigns
For NAHIP we also undertook a community based research project concerned with African people in serodiscordant relationships. This study involved in-depth, face-to-face interviews with African people living in England who were in relationships where one person has diagnosed HIV and the other did not (ie. HIV serodiscordant).

NAHIP monitoring & evaluation
We must be confident that the interventions which we include in our programmes are effective and efficient at bringing about their intended aims. Individual interventions require specific evaluations to judge their performance, and to inform future programme planning. We extended a growing body of evaluation data by assessing the impact of a range of NAHIP interventions including the 2010 NAHIP conference and the roll-out of the Muslim toolkit training. Sigma also co-ordinated and report on the monitoring all NAHIP direct contact interventions across the partnership. Our NAHIP monitoring and evaluation workstream is described in more detail elsewhere.

Key contact: Catherine Dodds