plan can be a described as a procedure put in place to assess
the activities, effects and outcome of a program. An evaluation
can be further divided into. Formative evaluation examines the
delivery of the program and the quality of its implementation.
Summative Evaluation, examines the effect (positive or negative)
of the project on the community.
The REACH 2010
Project has designed 3 studies within the frame work of
Formative and Summative evaluations to assess our work in the
(Formative): investigates the process of delivery of the
program. REACH 2010 conducts qualitative analysis of all field
notes taken by our outreach workers at events, street outreach
or community activities that we attend. In it we ask for
information about what the community feels may be the best way
for them to obtain information about HIV, we also want to ask
about personal experiences and were we can improve on our
(Summative) demonstrates the effectiveness of the activities.
REACH 2010 conducts a computer assisted telephone interview (CATI)
survey every 2 years. Approximately 2000 respondents, resident
in the 12 zip codes of interest to our study, are interviewed
over the phone. It is a 40 minute interview that includes
questions about whether they know who the REACH 2010 Coalition
is and what we do, if they regard the problem of HIV/AIDS as
serious in the community, and they are asked if they have
participated in activities to geared towards reducing the
problem of HIV/AIDS in the community. These questions seek to
assess whether the goals of the project as being met.
(Summative) assesses the overall net effect of our activities.
What change has the community experienced? A sub-sample from the CATI survey is selected to participate in a personal interview
study which includes the voluntary submission of a urine sample.
Client centered counseling is conducted by trained interviewers.
Questions asked assess the clientís knowledge of HIV/AIDS and
the risk for getting infected. The urine sample is tested for
HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Barbiturates, Nicotine, Cocaine,
Amphetamines, Cannabis and Opiates. Data from the questionnaires
and test results will enable us obtain prevalence data on our
population and serial studies will give us a means of plotting a
positive or negative outcome.