Community-Level Program Information Reporting for HIV/AIDS Programs

Supports harmonized monitoring and reporting systems that capture indicator data from programs for effective program management and decision-making at all levels.

Carla Lopez, MEASURE Evaluation

Community-Level Program Information Reporting for HIV/AIDS Programs (CLPIR) seeks to improve information systems for community-level programs. These systems are essential for effective program management and decision making at all levels. CLPIR focuses on the program areas of HIV prevention, home-based care (HBC), and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Community-Level Program Information Reporting for HIV/AIDS Programs: Introduction
Provides a concise overview of the entire CLPIR system, including an illustrative example of its use.

Module 1: Illustrative Program Indicators, Data Collection Tools, and Indicator Reference Sheets for Prevention, HBC, and OVC Programs
Provides the tools for each program area (prevention, HBC, and OVC programs), such as illustrative program indicators, data collection forms, and indicator reference sheets.

The data collection forms in module 1 are also available in Microsoft Excel in the following Microsoft Word documents, so that users can modify them to suit local needs. Instructions for using these forms are in module 1:

Note: The program indicators, data collection forms, and indicator reference sheets are intended to be illustrative. Actual indicators will depend on the specific program's data needs and donor requirements. Users may be interested in the PEPFAR Next Generation Indicators specifically. 

Module 2: Rapid Situation and Needs Assessment
Applies a simple, participatory methodology to understand the environment in which community-level information systems operate, determine a desired situation, identify gaps, and define an action plan. The assessment can be applied at national or sub-national levels to build a shared vision of the kind of community-level program reporting and monitoring system stakeholders are seeking, identify gaps, and offer solutions that can lead to building a better information system.

Module 3: Indicator Harmonization
Outlines a process for generating a core set of national indicators, definitions, and reporting tools to support routine reporting of program-level information from community-level HIV/AIDS programs and service providers to the sub-national and national levels.

Module 4: Information Rollout
Provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop an information system to capture community-level data and to roll out this process to program-level stakeholders through participatory workshops. The process involves a planning stage, a four-day workshop to engage service delivery organizations to identify their information needs and develop program-specific indicators; and a one-day workshop to train participants on program-specific data collection tools.

CLPIR is presented as a work in progress that continues to evolve based upon users’ experiences. The current version has been shaped by stakeholder input and field testing in several countries and is a culmination of lessons learned from the review of community-level HIV programs and information systems from several countries.