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|Evaluating the HIV Prevention Community Planning Process
CDC requirements and suggestions regarding community
planning evaluation are discussed at length in CDC’s announcements for health
department HIV prevention funding. There are two data sets already required of
CDC health department grantees are reports on the community planning groups’
composition and on allocation of CDC funds to particular interventions and
populations. For reference purposes, the requested forms for these data sets–the
Profile of Community Planning Group
Table of Estimated Expenditures for HIV
Prevention–are featured in this chapter’s appendix and
summarized below. Therefore, no additional evaluation activities are discussed
in this guidance.
Grantees are encouraged to participate in other efforts to evaluate community
planning. Ideas and resources for doing so are provided in
Chapter 2 of
Evaluating CDC-funded Health Department HIV Prevention Programs–Volume 2:
CDC Requirements for Evaluating HIV Prevention Community Planning
The CDC requests stated in Announcement 99004 include the following:
- Health department grantees are encouraged to document the
implementation of HIV prevention community planning in their jurisdictions.
In addition, community planning evaluation activities conducted by the
health department and community planning group(s) should attempt to describe
and assess these and other aspects pertaining to implementation of the
- Recruitment of community planning group members and representation
of affected communities and areas of expertise on the community planning
group (Community Planning Core Objectives 1 and 2).
- Application of a needs assessment and an epidemiologic profile to
determine target groups and HIV prevention strategies (Community
Planning Core Objective 3).
- Application of scientific knowledge in the selection and formulation
of intervention strategies (Community Planning Core Objective 4).
- Development of goals and measurable objectives for the planning
process and progress toward meeting the objectives.
- Assessment of the cost of the process.
- Assessment of the extent to which resources allocated by the health
department match the epidemiologic profile.
- Health department grantees should ensure that community
planning groups reflect the diversity of the epidemic in the jurisdiction,
and that expertise in epidemiology, behavioral science, health planning and
evaluation are included in the process. This includes the following:
- Summarize the characteristics and expertise represented by members
of the community planning groups over the past 12 months in terms of
age, sex, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic and
metropolitan statistical area (MSA)-size distribution (urban and rural
residence), and risk for HIV infection. (Use of the Profile of
Community Planning Group Members in this chapter’s appendix is
requested.) Discuss any gaps in representation and approaches that have
been used during the past 12 months to address the gaps. Briefly
describe any methods used to obtain input from outside group membership.
Note: Do not include any information that might link HIV status to
- Describe planned activities for the next 12 months including plans
for addressing any gaps in representation.
- CDC suggests that grantees complete the Table of Estimated
Expenditures for HIV Prevention (in this chapter’s appendix), indicating
HIV prevention allocations by intervention, population, and race/ethnicity.
These data are used to report to federal policymakers about the use of tax
dollars and about targeted programs. In addition, these data help CDC and
its grantees justify the need for additional support.
Note: Following receipt of awards, additional budgetary
information may be requested.