SPACE Monkey 2.0

S.P.A.C.E. Monkey

What is SPACE Monkey?

SPACE Monkey, or the STI Prevention Allocation Consequences Estimator, is a tool created for federally funded jurisdictions (i.e., states and directly funded large cities) to estimate the impact of changes in STI prevention budgets on the incidence and direct medical costs of bacterial STIs and STI-attributable HIV infection. Estimating these effects is not an exact science; however, SPACE Monkey helps STI prevention personnel make evidence-based calculations that show how budget changes impact disease burden and direct medical costs. More information describing the methods for this tool can be found in the documentation within the spreadsheet. SPACE Monkey 2.0 is an updated version from the model initially developed in 2017 that incorporates updated parameters and scientific methods, a new interface that was designed to be user-friendly and engaging, and new functionalities requested by model users.

How do you use it?

Download the model, save the spreadsheet to your computer, and enable the macros. The model’s home screen will provide you with some background and a prompt to begin your session. Additional instructions are self-contained within the estimator spreadsheet. The tool, and your calculations, should be made within the estimator spreadsheet [XLSM – 183 KB].

Coming soon! Please return to this site for future resources including an instructional video and accompanying slides to guide users through the process of inputting budget data, calculating outcomes, customizing output, and exporting visualizations.

Is there a way to share the tool’s outputs?

Yes. On the User Interface screen, you can use the Print Page button to create a meeting handout. The Advanced Options screen contains customizable tables and charts that can be copied into another document.