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SBCC Training in Namibia: Measuring Behavior Outcomes in HIV Prevention Programs

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

C-Change recently completed a 4-day training in Namibia for 20 people from three local organizations on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and data collection methods and ethics around their HIV prevention work. This was the first of a four-part capacity strengthening series aimed at improving agencies’ ability to monitor outcomes and results of their programs.

Particpants role play how to conduct a survey questionnaireIn this first training, participants learned how their objectives connect with their monitoring processes. They also learned interview techniques, how to administer a questionnaire designed to measure outcomes, and how to use a corresponding database to store collected data. The participants will now return to their agencies, collect their first round of data and return to a training session in June to focus on how to analyze, interpret and present their data.

Participants expressed gratitude for the support to better understand the effect their programs may have in their communities. According to one young woman, “her agency would now be doing a much better job stopping this epidemic because of this training.”

This training is part of a capacity strengthening process that C-Change has undertaken with organizations in Namibia since mid-2008. The overall aim is to strengthen the capacity of country and local organizations to carry out social and behavior change communication (SBCC) for HIV prevention. The process begins with an assessment of an organization’s capacity using the C-Change SBCC Capacity Assessment Tool.

It is followed by a series of skills-based trainings over a year that build the capacity of staff to carry out evidence-based programming grounded in theory and based on proven results.

To date, C-Change has worked with 19 different agencies in Namibia that develop HIV prevention programs that target youth, adolescents, and adults through work place interventions. The training that C-Change carries out has several steps based on the results from the initial assessment that a facilitator carries out with an organization using the SBCC Capacity Assessment Tool.

During training, staff learns how to develop a strategic plan to address a problem. Specific skills may include learning how to define the audience for an intervention, developing activities to be implemented that address the problem, followed by monitoring the outcomes of the implementation to assess success in reaching goals. (See Where We Work/Namibia for more information on C-Change’s work to strengthen the capacity of local organizations).

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