HIV/AIDS Qualitative Study

Since September, 2014, Karna has supported the Program Evaluation Branch (PEB) within the Division of HIV-AIDS Prevention (DHAP) of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) in their evaluation of the structural and programmatic changes implemented by U.S. health department jurisdictions in response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and CDC’s High Impact Prevention Approach (HIP). Under this contract, Karna is providing evaluation and content expertise in the design, fielding, and analysis for a qualitative study to examine NHAS and HIP implementation among NCHHSTP funded health department jurisdictions and the Center’s Program Prevention Branch (PPB) Project Officers who support these jurisdictions. During Phase One of the project, Karna has:

  • Designed qualitative interview guides based on the goals and themes of NHAS and HIP. 
  • Conducted training sessions for PEB staff regarding qualitative methods and interviewing techniques prior to field work
  • Advised on the ethics of human subjects’ research for this type of interview method and drafted recruitment scripts and informed consent forms for each respondent group
  • Advised on Paperwork Reduction Act/OMB rules regarding field work and future research
  • Assisted in 8 face-to-face interviews at health departments. (Participants were either AIDS Directors, HIV Prevention Program Managers, and/or Data Managers.)
  • Conducted 5 face-to-face interviews in Atlanta of PPB Project Officers 
  • Coded and analyzed over 900 pages of interview transcripts utilizing the ethnographic software NVivo™ with the provision of a codebook and initial data tables to PEB
  • Prepared and submitted to PEB a comprehensive draft report of findings which included recommendations to PEB for potential ‘next steps’ for the project’s Phase Two
  • Drafted and submitted an executive summary of findings to PEB for use as a stand-alone document for distribution to DHAP leadership, PEB, PPB, and the Phase One participants
  • Performed a qualitative analysis of PEB-selected DHAP technical reports and NASAD reports and submitted findings with sample questions for a future national survey of health department jurisdictions
Phase Two of the project during the contract option year will involve a broader survey of stakeholders.