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Sexually transmitted disease(STD) preventive services- GAP ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT 2016
Posted: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Sexually transmitted infections

Sexually transmitted disease(STD) preventive services- GAP ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT 2016

Persons in need of sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention services frequently also need other health and social services. STD prevention programs and certain other health care facilities offer an array of preventive services and often link persons they encounter with services provided by other agencies (e.g., homeless shelters or substance abuse treatment centers). Persons seeking STD care, however, often seek care at facilities other than public STD clinics or other settings with high capacity to manage these patients. This might affect the type of STD care they receive and the extent to which they are linked with other needed services. This toolkit provides STD program staff and others a resource for conducting a gap assessment of STD clinical and other preventive services.
Conducting a gap assessment enables an STD program to (1) document the array of STD clinical and other preventive services inside and outside the health department in a defined geographic area or for a defined population; (2) identify service gaps and duplication; (3) learn more about other facilities providing STD and other preventive services; (4) learn more about the associations and partnerships among these organizations; and (5) use the information to improve STD clinical and preventive services. The logic model in Figure 1 outlines these points in more detail.

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Practical Use of Program Evaluation among Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Programs
Posted: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Sexually transmitted infections

Practical Use of Program Evaluation among Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Programs

The manual is meant to be used by those in STD-related programs who are responsible for conducting evaluation activities and by those with lots, little or no experience, even in the face of limited resources for program evaluation. This manual presents program evaluation as an integral part of the program planning process. It provides a way of thinking about evaluation from the get-go as opposed to it being an afterthought or something that could wait until the end of a program. In addition, the manual focuses on an evaluation process that is participatory and will be responsive to the program’s needs, stakeholders, and resources. Since evaluating an entire STD program may not be feasible due to resource constraints, we emphasize the evaluation of program activities or components and focus on evaluations that can measure program contribution rather than attribution (causality).
This manual touches on basic principles of program evaluations, but the information included is not exhaustive. For more detailed information on various evaluation topics, please make use of the references provided in the manual and in Tool 3.2, which includes links to other evaluation resources.

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Monitoring and Evaluating Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention and Care Programs
Posted: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Sexually transmitted infections

Monitoring and Evaluating Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention and Care Programs

This Monitoring and Evaluation series is based on the assumption that Core Module 1 (Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation) is always the first module, that it is followed directly by Core Module 2
(Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Monitoring Data), which is followed by one or more of the optional technical area modules (Modules 4 through 10), and that in all cases the final module is Core Module 3 (Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan). The specified sequence is shown below:

1. Core Module 1: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation
2. Core Module 2: Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Monitoring Data
3. Optional Technical Area Modules 4 through 10
4. Core Module 3: Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

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