Project Overview

Objective

To assess the use of HIV/AIDS Bureau resources in helping implement evidence-based and emerging HIV care interventions by building a dashboard to visualize and monitor resource use and conducting a mixed-methods evaluation to explore how, where, and why providers use disseminated resources.

Project Motivation

The HIV/AIDS Bureau seeks to develop a plan to improve dissemination of its resources to support HIV interventions in order to spur uptake and replication of promising HIV care interventions and accelerate progress toward ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.

Prepared For

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

The HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HAB) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) serves more than half the people living with HIV in the United States. HAB needs to assess the value of the resources it shares with HIV care and support providers to plan how to improve their effectiveness. 
Mathematica supports HAB by (1) creating a data dashboard to help HAB understand how, where, and why disseminated products in the RWHAP are used, and (2) leading a mixed-methods evaluation to assess the use and performance of resources, including those developed under HAB’s Special Projects of National Significance, which test innovative HIV care delivery models. This project furthers HAB’s interest in incorporating implementation science principles into its work, given recent research highlighting the need to closely examine how promising HIV care models are disseminated and delivered.

Using human-centered design, Mathematica developed the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HAB Dissemination Channel Analytics Dashboard to help HAB capture, monitor, and analyze engagement with dissemination products. The dashboard helps rapidly identify patterns and anomalies, trends over time, and comparisons across channels and products. It helps HAB staff answer critical questions: Which resources have the highest engagement? Which pathways are people accessing dissemination resources through? What are the most used resources in terms of types of products, population focus, and content areas? Easy access to and understanding of these data helps HAB drive future dissemination strategy. We created a user guide and hosted trainings for HRSA HAB staff to ensure the dashboard could be easily accessed, fully used, and properly maintained. 

Together with dashboard development, and with input from HRSA HAB leaders and staff, Mathematica refined an evaluation plan, tested data collection instruments, and is leading a mixed-methods evaluation of dissemination product performance. The evaluation includes analysis of dashboard analytics, a survey of all RWHAP recipients and providers to understand use of HAB resources and reasons for non-use, 40 virtual site visits to understand the role of HAB resources in recipient and provider interventions, interviews with RWHAP providers, and a synthesis of findings in a final report.

Related Staff

Suzanne  Felt-Lisk

Suzanne Felt-Lisk

Principal Researcher

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Boyd Gilman

Boyd Gilman

Senior Fellow

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Kirsten  Barrett

Kirsten Barrett

Principal Researcher

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Lyra Cooper

Lyra Cooper

Research Analyst

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