Contributions of HIV Prevention Evaluation to Public Health Program Evaluation

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In this chapter we describe the evaluation of HIV prevention efforts and suggest ways in which it has contributed to evaluation in public health generally. Although important questions about evaluation also arise in the context of HIV treatment and care programs, they will not be the focus of this chapter. In the first section we describe the context of the contributions. In the middle section, we appraise the contributions made by research demonstrations and their evaluation in HIV prevention. In the final section, we discuss the shift over time to established, large-scale programs for HIV prevention and describe how the increase in program dollars has led to increased evaluation capacity at national, regional, state and local levels.


Health education; HIV infections – Prevention; Public health


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Diseases | Immune System Diseases | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Virus Diseases


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