Sigma Research

HIV Prevention England - overall monitoring and evaluation plan

Duration: July 2012 - July 2015


HIV Prevention England (HPE) was the national HIV prevention programme for England funded by the Department of Health from July 2012 to March 2015. It plans to deliver a nationally co-ordinated programme of HIV prevention with African people and gay men (MSM) which includes media campaigns, online services, local face-to-face interventions and policy interventions. It will work closely with African and gay communities, faith communities, NHS clinics, and Public Health England. HPE is managed by Terrence Higgins Trust, supported by a team of five sub-contractors drawn from the voluntary, public and private sectors: Black Health Agency For Equality, MBARC, NAM, Yorkshire MESMAC and Sigma Research. A wide-range of other local delivery partners are involved in delivering interventions to support and complement the national programme. For HPE we led on the monitoring & evaluation of the whole programme and its component parts by ensuring that each HPE intervention has clear, measurable output targets and short, medium and long term outcomes agreed with the funders.

Sigma’s workplan for HPE includes four core elements:

1. Monitoring of all HPE funded local activity: Work with the national and local delivery partners to establish and keep up to date monitoring systems to facilitate the capture of data on all health promotion activity pertaining to HPE.

2. Programme evaluation: Dialogue with Public Health England regarding overall programme outcome indicators for HPE is ongoing, and joint work is planned to describe programme achievements. An Outcome Framework for It Starts With Me (ISWM) has been established and updated whenever new programme components were added.

3. Population surveys of target populations: We repeated both the African Health and Sex Survey (formerly known as Bass Line) and the Gay Men’s Sex Survey to examine programme coverage and assess needs for future interventions.

4. Specific intervention evaluations: We will undertake three specific intervention evaluations during the contract.

  1. Evaluation of outreach or 1-2-1 information and advice undertaken by Local delivery partners (LDPs) and funded by the national programme, to examine integrated between the national programme and locally funded HIV prevention interventions.
  2. Evaluation of social media interventions undertaken with MSM and African people by Terrence Higgins Trust.
  3. Evaluation of National HIV Testing Week, a large scale testing promotion intervention.

Given our contract for monitoring and evaluation services has not been renewed from 01 April 2015 onwards, by the end of June 2015 we will produce and publish a final evaluation report for HPE.

Key contact: Peter Weatherburn

Funded by: Department of Health and managed by Terrence Higgins Trust.