SAfAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation for Change
Monitoring and Evaluation forms the core of project management at SAfAIDS. The tracking of project activities, outputs and outcomes helps ensure that programmes deliver the hoped for impact. Monitoring of our programmes is done at three levels:
- SAfAIDS level for coordination
- Partner level for implementation and
- Community level for products and accountability.
SAfAIDS ensures its programmes achieve impact through a dynamic cadre of CBVs (community based volunteers), operating in nine Southern African countries. Armed with Knowledge for Action and a set of cascading data collection tools, CBVs provide us with the first rung of an evidence base ladder for programme design, review and measuring change!
When the work of our grassroots CBVs come together with staff and partner capacity building, networking, lessons learning and policy influencing agendas, SAfAIDS project management M & E emerges as a cascading model for behaviour change!
SAfAIDS’ Programmes are based on the Socio-Ecological Model that recognises the inter-linkages between individual, families, organisations, communities and public policy.
Each level of programming present is a rich opportunity to collect useful data to inform programme management. Each level is also capacitated to collect M&E data and hold the programme accountable for local development. CBVs collect information on GBV/SRHR such as the total number of materials distributed and the total number of people receiving information and receiving various health services on GBV/SRHR. The data is collated by the CBV supervisor who then sends the information to SAfAIDS Regional Office. The M&E unit collates all the data and analyses it by district/region using Microsoft Access Database. A report is prepared and the results are shared with partners and this also influences policy making at National level.