Client: Family Health International 360
Duration: March 2016 – July 2017
Sector: Community and Youth Development, Education, HIV/AIDS, Gender
Services: Data Collection: Local Implementing Partner
Working within the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in South Africa, the Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project helps young people to build economic resilience and provides them with skills they need to pursue HIV-free lives through economic strengthening (ES) programs integrated with a comprehensive HIV prevention education program.
The Synergy Study is a year-long qualitative research study undertaken by Family Health International (FHI) 360 to evaluate ASPIRES programming designed for vulnerable youth. Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) was appointed as FHI360’s local research partner to assist with study implementation.
CC&DW was responsible for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data from 60 adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 in this cohort, mixed-methods study. Tablet-based surveys in English in isiZulu were utilised to collect demographic and behavioural data. In-depth qualitative interviews were used to identify and describe connections between economic factors and HIV risk behaviour among youth. This included local ethics application processes as well as the data collection at 4 points in time (including a baseline) from a project site in northern KwaZulu Natal.
Study implementation involved the recruitment of a fieldwork team as well as the organisation, planning and facilitation of a 3-day intensive training workshop. CC&DW oversaw the process of finalising and translating demographic and behavioural survey instruments, consent and assent forms and a qualitative interview tool from English to isiZulu. The study included pilot studies for qualitative and quantitative data collection tools. Data was collected a four points in time following the completion of specified modules of ASPIRES programming.