Evaluation of the HIV, Hepatitis C & Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2005-2011

Project Type - Program evaluation and review


  • 2011


Queensland Health, through the Communicable Diseases Branch (CDB), Division of the Chief Health Officer, has lead agency responsibility for coordinating the monitoring, review, evaluation and reporting of the HIV, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2005-11 (the Strategy). The Strategy required an independent review be undertaken during 2010/11 to determine the success of the Strategy in meeting its objectives and to inform the development of the future strategic framework to be implemented in 2012. Queensland Health appointed Health Outcomes International (HOI) to undertake the evaluation. 

 The objectives of the evaluation include determining:

  •  the overall success of the Strategy and Implementation Action Plans, including process and outcomes
  • achievement and progress against each of the key outcomes and indicators;
  • evaluation of the partnership approach to implementation of the strategy
  • evidence of the extent to which programs and services have adapted to meet the expressed outcomes of the Strategy
  • comparative analysis of the Strategy with similar national, jurisdictional and international strategies
  • analysis of the governance, leadership, monitoring and reporting processes supporting the strategy
  • an analysis of key tasks remaining or areas where progress was inadequate and recommendations for a future strategic framework
  • recommendations for the future strategic framework.

  The primary methodological components included the following:

  • extensive stakeholder consultations (approximately 200 individuals) were conducted face-to-face, either in 1:1 meetings or in focus groups and a small number were conducted over the phone
  • the conduct of major evaluation processes that included:
    • a review of Strategy development in other jurisdictions both - within Australia and internationally to understand: the ‘form of the strategy’ being used by other jurisdictions; the overarching framework; the key areas of action and/or priorities; the target populations; and the key performance indicators overall and for each of the viruses/infections; and
    • a review of relevant (predominantly Queensland) documentation.

 HOI produced a comprehensive and evidence based evaluation report summarising the findings of the analysis undertaken and provided a suite of recommendations for improving the service. The report included an assessment of the following areas:

  • Key Achievements
  • Enabling environments
  • Prevention and Education
  • Early Detection, Care Management and Treatment
  • Training and professional development
  • Research and Surveillance
  • Key Issues and Gaps to be addressed in the Next Queensland Strategy
  • Enabling Environment
  • Prevention and Education
  • Early detection, care management and treatment
  • Training and professional development
  • Research and Surveillance
  • Proposed Structure for the Next Queensland Strategy
  • Principles for the next Strategy
  • Strategy and Implementation Action Plans