Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting: Developing a Results Framework for Sustainability of HIV/AIDS Prevention in South Africa with a Focus on Men

Mrs Mariana Snyman
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Presenter: Mariana Snyman.

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the impact of social programmes and
interventions is an important part of programme planning but still remains an
elusive goal for most South African and foreign agencies. This is associated
with the high costs and methodological difficulties associated with field-based
programme impact monitoring and evaluation. Most social and intervention
programmes mainly aim to increase knowledge levels and to change attitudes and
behaviour of the target population, therefore monitoring and evaluation
programmes include extensive quantitative and qualitative research, executed in
phases and at different stages. In the field of for example HIV/AIDS
interventions, one of the difficulties experienced is the lack of clearly
defined measurable objectives. A second problem is the fact that there are a
wide variety of role-players, each with their own guidelines for monitoring,
evaluation and reporting programmes. A third problem relates to the fact that
evaluation involves "multiple methods, multiple audiences, multiple funding
resources, multiple perspectives, multiple paradigms, multiple roles and
multiple solutions to multiple problems". This often takes place in a gender
blind fashion. Men and women face different risks and vulnerabilties, and
prevention programmes, including monitoring, evaluation and reporting, thereof
gender perspectives need to be taken into consideration. The focus on this fact
in the majority of programmes, leads to leaving men either out in the planning
process and or negating the role they can and should play in sustainable
prevention programmes. The debate about gender sensitive planning in all
aspects of HIV/AIDS will be addressed briefly. This paper examines some of the
problems and possible challenges facing the monitoring, evaluation and reporting
of HIV prevention in selected projects and programmes for men in South Africa,
as well as the application of international models and the development of a
model applicable for the South African situa

Keywords: monitoring;, evaluation;, reporting;, HIV/AIDS intervention,, prevention,, programme planning;, results framework;, gender debate
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Mrs Mariana Snyman

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria
South Africa

Lecturer in Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Specialises in Medical Sociology. Conducts research on HIV/AIDS,
monitoring and evaluation, and gender related aspects. Has thorough knowledge
of epidemiology and the impact of social conditions on ilness and health.
Has extensive experience in health communication.

Ref: S06P0127