Meaningful Involvement of Peers in Evaluation

“Peers”—sometimes known as community health workers or peer navigators—are hired for their lived experience and understanding of the challenges faced by people living with HIV, rather than for expertise in data collection and evaluation. Like all staff, Peers need training and support to understand the importance of evaluation and their unique role in evaluation. This one-hour webinar explores strategies for involving Peers in a meaningful way in all aspects of the evaluation process.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the value of involving Peers in data collection and program evaluation;
  • List common challenges associated with integrating Peers into the evaluation team; and
  • Describe effective strategies for involving Peers in a meaningful way in the evaluation process.

Intended Audience: This webinar is intended for staff at AIDS service organizations, community-based organizations, and medical service providers that provide access to care and retention in care services and wish to enhance their integration of Peers into their program evaluation activities.

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Jay Blount, Peer Navigator, Christie’s Place, San Diego, CA

Erin Falvey, PhD, MFT, Executive Director, Christie’s Place, San Diego, CA

Christina Farmartino, MPH, Executive Director, The Open Door, Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Hawk, DrPH, LSW, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA

Melissa Werner, MPH, MAT, Senior Program Manager, AIDS United, Washington, DC

Nathaniel Williams, Program Manager and Linkage Facilitator, The Open Door, Pittsburgh, PA