BC’S Work to Build Evaluation Capacity and Improve Community-Based HIV and HCV Services – REACH Significant Change Story

In BC, the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) have been making progress on the objectives of REACH 2.0 by developing internal evaluation capacity, knowledge and skills.

Creating foundational structures and human resource expertise has allowed PAN to support other member and partner organizations’ evaluation needs. Extensive evaluation work has taken place with and on behalf of a number of BC health authorities (including Northern Health); community-based organizations; and PHAC-funded community alliances and grant holders. PAN was also able to leverage REACH’s infrastructure and to support several evaluation projects through fee-for-service contracts.  This work has created a stronger culture of evaluation in BC and has created focus and enhanced collective capacity for evidence-informed program planning and implementation especially at the level of community-based services and programs.

 To highlight this evaluation work in more depth, PAN has worked collaboratively with three different BC health authorities to build shared measurement frameworks for their community-based, contracted HIV and HCV organizations. The consistent collection of information (data) across all members of the group allowed each agency/organization to learn more about their own programming and the gains made collectively.  It also allowed the group to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement at higher levels (e.g., sectoral or geographical levels) within each health authority region. This approach allowed for a stronger network to be built among partners, which has facilitated ongoing learning and quality improvement across sectors. Evaluation data have been used to inform decision-making, improve services, and build on successful practices.

You can read more about this change story on PAN’s website.

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