Tuesday 07 April 2020

M10: HIV Data Synthesis and Data Use


The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the methods of HIV programme evaluation, ranging from study designs that can be used to assess the impact of certain interventions (cohort studies, RCTs) and HIV data synthesis, to modeling the impact of interventions. Triangulation is broadly defined as synthesis and integration of data from multiple sources through collection, examination, comparison, and interpretation. It is used to answer different question, ranging from explaining the trends and the levels of the HIV epidemic to assessing the population impact of HIV prevention and treatment programmes. It is done by using quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation of data coming both from HIV and other surveillance (e.g., sexually transmitted infection) and programme-based sources and vital statistics registries.

One of the key purposes of HIV data synthesis is to enable more effective data use. The course will reflect on three major areas related to the use of data: (I) for planning HIV interventions; (II) for programme monitoring and evaluation; (III) for advocacy.

The course will further focus on the use of HIV modelling in programme evaluation, in particular cost-effectiveness analysis.  Lectures will cover basic approaches in mathematical modelling of HIV epidemics in different settings and how it can be used for programme planning and intervention evaluation.

Presentations will also outline the use of triangulation in assessing the coverage and impact of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programmes and explore in greater detail recently established processes and criteria for validation of elimination of MTCT of HIV. In addition to modelled estimates, it is necessary to use real data to measure the PMTCT impact.

Through exercises (practicums) participants will acquire skills in data interpretation and gain better understanding of the process of programme evaluation. Practicums will also illustrate the most common challenges in data use, such as those arising from the errors in data collection methods, design of surveys and the ways data have been analysed and presented in the reports.   

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide participants with the practical skills needed to perform HIV programme evaluation  and enhance their skills in the use and interpretation of data.

Key topics of the course are:

  • Overview of the steps involved in conducting HIV data synthesis and triangulation
  • Understanding how completeness & quality affect data interpretation
  • Understanding how errors in data collection and analysis influence data interpretation
  • Use of data synthesis and other study designs (sentinel surveillance, cohort data, DHS, modeling) in assessing the impact of PMTCT programmes
  • Criteria, indicators and processes for validation of elimination of MTCT of HIV
  • Basic principles of HIV epidemics modeling and cost-effectiveness analysis as evaluation tools

Teaching Methods

The course consists of lectures, case studies and exercises.

Participants are expected to develop data synthesis or evaluation proposals for their countries during the working group sessions, and present them on the last day of the course. Participants can also develop proposals for assessing the effectiveness of PMTCT programmes in their countries.

Target Audience

Epidemiologists, social scientists, public health professionals.

Course lecturers and facilitators:

  • Associate professor Ivana Bozicevic, MD, MSc, DrPH, WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Ivana.Bozicevic@lshtm.ac.uk
  • Jurja Ivana Cakalo, MD, WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, jurjaivana@gmail.com
  • Senad Handanagic, MD, MSc, WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, shandanagic@yahoo.com
  • Zoran Dominkovic, WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, zoran.dominkovic@gmail.com

Course administrator:

Lucija Sikic

Please apply on-line via www.whohub-zagreb.org or send an e-mail to Lucija Sikic at training@snz.hr


The course fee is 750 EUR and includes lunches and coffee breaks during five days of the course, and course materials.

The course is held at:

WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance
Andrija Stampar School of Public Health
University of Zagreb School of Medicine
Rockefellerova 4
10000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 1 4590 142 / 4590 100
Fax: +385 1 46 84 212

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Programme - HIV Data Synthesis and Data Use.docx

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