Using Data to Improve Programmes: A Course on Data Interpretation and Data Use for HIV and TB Programme

Traditional training – (3 days, R9,350.00 excl. VAT)
Online training – (R11,500.00 excl. VAT)

About This Course

Most organisations face capacity challenges due to a number of reasons – one of which includes limited resources, both human and financial. As a consequence, HIV programme data isn’t always used for decision-making or to improve programmes, but rather to simply satisfy reporting requirements.
M&E capacity development is usually a priority, however more often than not, programme managers and senior programme staff are too busy implementing programmes and responding to other
pressing programme needs.

This course targets HIV Programme Managers and other staff on the use of routine and periodic HIV data for programme improvement. This training covers the major indicators of HIV programmes, including the Top Ten indicators used by major donors (The Global Fund, PEPFAR, UNAIDS, etc) for the following service delivery areas:

  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Treatment, Care & Support
  • Impact Mitigation
  • Most-At-Risk Populations

The objectives of the course are that HIV and AIDS programme managers at implementation level are able to critically analyse and use the data generated from their programmes for purposes of overall service delivery improvement.

Course Content


Day 1

  • The basic epidemiology of HIV and TB
  • Overview of M&E and Results – Based Monitoring
  • HIV Service Delivery Areas (SDA) and their Top Indicators
  • When to monitor and when to evaluate?
  • Introduction to different types of data collection
  • Introduction to Quantitative data collection
  • Making sense of quantitative data: descriptive statistics

Day 2

  • Qualitative data collection
  • How to transform “data” to “strategic information
  • Analysing data – contextualization
  • Analysing data – observing and investigating

Day 3

  • Interpreting findings – trends and alternative explanations
  • Using external data: evidence-based practice
  • Data products & creating a ‘culture of M&E’

Course outcomes

The course will teach participants the following:

Explain the basic epidemiology of HIV and AIDS.

Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of Monitoring and Evaluating HIV programmes.

Understanding, collecting, collating, analysing and using programme data.

Practically applying HIV programme results, through utilising and analysing available data, towards improvement in one area of programme implementation.

Select the top indicators to measure key service delivery areas.

Data for action: theory and steps of evidence-based practice.

Utilise this knowledge to develop new or enhance existing HIV programmes reports.

Utilise this knowledge through advocacy to embed a commitment to the application and use of data for programme improvement.

Who Should Attend?

  • Researchers
  • Data Collectors
  • Research Analysts
  • HODs
  • Clinicians
  • Programme Managers
  • Government Practitioners
  • NGO and Civil Society Organisation Practitioners
  • Health Service Managers


For more details about our services contact:

Dave Temane
Tel: +27 11 403 1411

Price Includes

  • Course attendance
  • Full refreshments: lunch
  • Welcome tea
  • Two breaks for tea including pastries
  • Course lecture notes and training manual
  • Complimentary parking
  • Certificate of attendance

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