STRIVE believes that all evaluation research should be multi-disciplinary, incorporating qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as costing studies, in order to truly evaluate and generate the information needed to inform policy.
The STRIVE RPC looks at the impact and cost-effectiveness of adding structural components to existing HIV programmes and at the impact of implementing them alone. Methods include:
- Further quantitative analysis of data from existing structural interventions to explore their impact on HIV risk.
- Intervention studies (including cluster randomized trials) to assess the impact of addressing structural drivers on the effectiveness of traditional prevention services (e.g. PMTCT), HIV incidence or proximate determinants of risk.
- Adding qualitative process evaluations to accompany quantitative evaluations of new and existing interventions targeting structural change.
- Costing studies to help assess the cost- effectiveness of interventions addressing structural drivers.