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PEPFAR: Agencies Can Enhance Evaluation Quality, Planning, and Dissemination

by on June 6, 2012

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Agencies Can Enhance Evaluation Quality, Planning, and Dissemination report.

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), reauthorized by Congress in fiscal year 2008, supports HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care overseas. The reauthorizing legislation, as well as other U.S. law and government policy, stresses the importance of evaluation for improving program performance, strengthening accountability, and informing decision making. OGAC leads the PEPFAR effort by providing funding and guidance to implementing agencies, primarily CDC and USAID.

Responding to legislative mandates, GAO:

  • Identified PEPFAR evaluation activities and examined the extent to which evaluation findings, conclusions, and recommendations were supported
  • Examined the extent to which PEPFAR policies and procedures adhere to established general evaluation principles

GAO reviewed these principles as well as agencies’ policies and guidance; surveyed CDC and USAID officials in 31 PEFAR countries and 3 regions; and analyzed evaluations provided by OGAC, CDC, and USAID.

The report details GAO’s findings and recommendations.

From → Evaluation, HIV/AIDS

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