Data for Action

overview

For years, U.S. health departments have been charged with using epidemiologic and program outcome data to highlight critical needs, and to plan for and implement their response to the HIV epidemic. Evidence-based planning, need-based planning, and data-driven action are core to NASTAD’s work, and are fully aligned with PEPFAR’s 2015 call to action “doing the right thing, in the right place, at the right time.”

In order for a country to have the ability to effectively respond to their HIV epidemic, data must be available, reviewed, and used to generate that response. It is only by knowing where needs and gaps are, and knowing what has and has not worked, that optimal action can be planned. Monitoring the effect of that action—and responding to improve—ensures that optimal impact is sustained.

Building from early and emerging UNAIDS, PEPFAR, and Global Fund models, many data collection and reporting processes exist and are used. However, based on on-the-ground experience, NASTAD Global believes that many systems and processes can be refined to improve the completeness and quality of data and for better use of available data for innovative problem solving.  

NASTAD Global’s work to support data for action falls into three general categories:

Focal Areas

Surveillance

  • NASTAD Global provides technical assistance to design and reinforce surveillance systems, including case-based, biological and behavioral, and sentinel site surveillance methods so that our partners can generate data to profile and “know” their epidemic.

Monitoring & Improvement

  • NASTAD Global provides strategic input and assistance to assess and improve project monitoring systems and processes, and designs and implements sustainable capacity building methods to ensure partner capacity to monitor, manage, and modify processes to drive improvement.

Evaluation & Research

  • NASTAD Global works with and for government partners to design and implement formal evaluations and research studies to produce evidence of impact and help to inform future work.