Supporting an AIDS-free Generation Through Tools and Resources for Improved Management

Sean Dryer

Senior Project Associate

Tara Squitiro contributed to this blog post.

The theme for World AIDS Day this year is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free generation.” The Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project has contributed to this vision over the past year through the by creating, supporting, and launching a series of tools for improved management of the HIV/AIDS epidemic at a variety of levels.

The Standard PEPFAR Dashboard

The LMG Project received PEPFAR funding to develop a Standard Management Dashboard that any organization could use to improve its financial, programmatic, and management performance. We did this by creating custom dashboards for four complex and differently-structured local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kenya and Uganda and then taking the best parts of each to create a Standard Dashboard.

Could your organization benefit from our Standard Dashboard?

A dashboard offers visual signals for key indicators, much like the dashboard of a car, showing both current and historical performance.

A dashboard offers visual signals for key indicators, much like the dashboard of a car, showing both current and historical performance to allow the user to:

  • Investigate a warning sign
  • Respond to a changed situation
  • Maintain activities knowing that basic functions are being carried out in a satisfactory way

Using the Standard Dashboard can:

  • Enhance reporting processes and management for an overall improvement in organizational performance
  • Reduce the volume of data information targeted at an overwhelmed manager
  • Promote timelier decision-making

Children’s Risk & Resilience in the Age of HIV/AIDS

The LMG Project supported our partners at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to produce a model to better understand how maternal HIV affects children, even those not personally infected. On October 2, we worked with our colleagues at PEPFAR and in the USAID technical working group for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) to launch the findings of this model, along with two years of research and consultation supported by the LMG Project and AIDSTAR-Two.

The LMG Project supported our partners at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to produce a model to better understand how maternal HIV affects children, even those not personally infected.

This event brought together top global experts on children, HIV/AIDS, and child development to examine and discuss key findings of the model.  Videos, materials, and presentations from the event are available on OVCsupport.net.

As with any good research, for every question answered two more arose, and in 2015 we will work with HSRC on a series of outputs to address the key next steps identified during and following the event, in order to immediately inform OVC policy.

Modeling the HIV Epidemic at the Provincial Level in Vietnam

During our work in Vietnam, the LMG project recognized a series of challenges facing those planning the HIV response at the provincial level.  Many of these revolved around gaps in understanding the interdependencies between the interventions to which they allocate funding.  Facing a decrease in HIV funding in coming years, it had become more crucial than ever to maximize the cost efficiency of HIV programming in Vietnam.

LMG partnered with a System Dynamics expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to produce an HIV/AIDS Simulation Planning & Budgeting Tool, and partnered with California-based Forio to build a new interface to maximize ease of use and utility.

To address these challenges, we partnered with a System Dynamics expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to produce an HIV/AIDS Simulation Planning & Budgeting Tool, and partnered with California-based Forio to build a new interface to maximize ease of use and utility. Key features of the tool include:

  • Web interface designed to facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Incorporation of feedback loops for more accurate results
  • The ability to plan either by specific intervention targets or a specific budget
  • Easy-to-use reporting and export features to interface with existing provincial reports

The tool has been tested and piloted with provincial planners in the Hai Phong province, where it is currently being used to improve HIV planning. The tool has also been designed to easily incorporate data from another province or country.