Evaluation of the Health Economics and HIV and Aids Research Division (HEARD)

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The objective of this assignment is to evaluate the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban. HEARD was founded in January 1998 to “[…] ensure that the University of Natal remains at the forefront of the study of Health Economics with special reference to the economic, social and demographic implications of the HIV and AIDS epidemic." Over the last two decades, the Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka through the Regional Team for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa (Sida) have collaborated with the HEARD under research cooperation. In 2005, HEARD entered a joint financing agreement with DFID, DCI, RNE, Sida and UNAIDS to establish sustainability in comparison to its former mixed funding composition.

The purpose of the evaluation is twofold:

  • To evaluate the core support to HEARD from 2010 to 2016. The evaluation will be summative and review the impact of HEARD’s deliverables against financial and operational procedures. These deliverables will be assessed within the scope of the evaluation but will not be limited to products and outcomes attained in accordance with their logical framework; output and outcome indicators. The Evaluation will review HEARD’s prominence in terms of research output to the academic community and identify HEARD’s position in influencing the uptake and utilisation of policy within the Eastern and Southern African region.
  • To make a formative assessment of HEARD’s potential to establish itself as a self-sustained research institution of relevance and excellence. The assessment will also compare HEARD’s two overlapping strategy periods (2011 to 2015 and 2015 to 2019) and outline their linkage to the results within the new Swedish strategy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa 2015 to 2019 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The evaluation will answer the overall evaluation question: How has HEARD been able to achieve their set objectives within the previous strategy and how do they intend to achieve their vision within the new and current strategy?

The evaluation will be undertaken 2016-2017 and the final report will be delivered in February 2017. The report will inform Sida on possible future funding to HEARD under a new agreement.

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