Measuring impact at the end of project: ex-post evaluation of a project aimed to increase the participation of gay, trans and (MSM) with the Global Fund AIDS, TB and Malaria
Background: In 2004, the Gay and MSM Network (ASICAL) – with partners in over 20 countries in LAC – in collaboration with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the GTZ BACKUP Initiative, implemented a project aimed at increasing the participation of Gay, Trans and Men who have Sex with Men groups in Global Fund projects and the Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs). The project consisted of an organisational development training programme and exchange visits with other Gay/Trans/MSM groups in order to consolidate practical learning. The project involved more than 60 representatives from 53 institutions. An ex-post evaluation was conducted in December 2007 to assess project achievements as well as impact and sustainability.
Methods: The evaluation was based on the use of the Most Significant Change (MSC), a qualitative participatory methodology used to monitor and evaluate the project’s impact from participants’ point of view. Semi-structured interviews, focus groups and workshops were conducted. The data analysis was focused on a systematic selection of the most relevant stories told by the project stakeholders.
Conclusion: Main findings include: the strengthening of Gay, Trans and MSM groups, increasing coordination and sustainability of the whole project. ASICAL was strengthened to become the regional network of gay men/MSM and additional sub-regional and national networks were created. There is a significant increase in participation of Gay, Trans and MSM in decision making processes. The project had an important effect on Global Fund processes and national policies with a 10% increase in the involvement of the groups in the CCMs, and in their participation as Global Fund’s sub-recipients. Good results were obtained by applying methodologies which combined theory and practice to assess the development and sustainability of a project. These findings are valuable inputs for the improvement of practices(e.g.transferable, community owned and adaptable), and for future advocacy work related to Gays, MSM and Trans.
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