Using data from HIV surveillance systems: Guidance on the Organisation, Presentation and Effective Use of Data from Second Generation Surveillance Systems
Due Date: June 2003
This document aims to provide some guidance in the organisation, presentation and effective use of data from second generation surveillance systems. It discusses the three major areas of data use: programme planning, programme evaluation and advocacy, giving examples of how data can be used effectively in those contexts. The document has a special focus on the mechanics of data use: not just what can be done with data, but how it can be done. How to package data for different audiences? Who should be involved in dissemination? What makes a good press release? What steps are required to produce a national report? Very practical guidance is given on data presentation in general.