Research and Evaluation

PAN engages in community-based research (CBR) and program and implementation science to build a body of evidence aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV and hepatitis C.

Research provides information for programming and policy directions. PAN has used CBR and program and implementation science to investigate issues that BC communities have identified as important, including stigma, housing and case management processes. We also host quarterly CBR meetings for stakeholders to come together and discuss research in the province.

Evaluation, on the other hand, measures the impact of programs and services and provides information on program implementation. PAN supports evaluation and program science work at local, regional, provincial and national levels by collaborating with HIV and hepatitis C focused partners and organizations in learning about and applying evaluation tools and program science to guide all stages of programming, from planning and development through to modifying for improvement.

These programs are made possible through PAN’s partnership with the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS, and the CIHR CBR Collaborative (A Program of REACH).

If you are interested in learning more about research and evaluation at PAN, please contact Janice Duddy, our Director of Evaluation and Community-Based Research

Please use the links below to learn more about PAN’s CBR and Evaluation programs.


“Tools and support for evaluation [are] key. Evaluative information will help organizations improve what they do best.” (PAN Member and Stakeholder Survey)


Research at PAN

What is CBR?

Program and Implementation Science

CBR in BC Quarterly Meetings 

Positive Living Positive Homes Study

The BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index Project

Making it Work Project

PAN Affiliated Researchers


Evaluation at PAN

PLDI Impact Evaluation


CBR Musings Blog

Evaluation News Blog


Research Resources

Evaluation Resources

Images: Tod Mountain, Ruth Hartnup; Research Data Party grin; PAN
  • All Program and Projects
  • Positive Leadership Development Institute
  • Training and Leadership
  • Community Based Research
  • Evaluation and Program Science
  • The Research and Evaluation work at Pacific AIDS Network is funded through a partnership with the CIHR CBR Collaborative, a program of REACH 2.0.  REACH 2.0 is “a nation-wide, innovative, virtual laboratory for intervention research, participatory evaluation, and applied program science in HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections.” The PAN Research and… Read more »

  • “Community-based research is research that is conducted with and for, not on, members of a community.” (Kerry Strand. 2003. Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices, p. xxi) Community-based research (CBR) is a methodological practice that places community partnerships at the forefront. promote an interdisciplinary framework that recognizes the multiple social, economic, political and health… Read more »

  • PAN’s Community-Based Research (CBR) program facilitates and supports community-based research initiatives and partnerships to address HIV and HCV  in British Columbia and across Canada.  This program is possible thanks to our partnership with and funding from the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS. Through CBR  we work to help foster CBR in the province by linking… Read more »

  • One of the key pieces in our Training and Leadership program is the Positive Leadership  Development Institute (PLDI). The purpose of PLDI is to support people living with HIV/AIDS to realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life. PLDI features three modules to engage people at various stages of… Read more »

  • As part of our Training and Leadership program, webinar topics are  developed with community input gathered at our annual meeting with people from across BC, through our annual Members and Stakeholder Surveys, and by following public health trends and emerging issues. Our goal is to provide member organizations and the community information they can use… Read more »

  • PAN works to facilitate, support and grow participatory evaluation initiatives and associated partnerships that address HIV, HCV and and related issues in British Columbia and across Canada.  This work is made possible through our partnership with and funding from the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS. PAN works within a participatory and community-based evaluation framework: we work to build… Read more »

  • Each year our Fall Conference focuses on key issues in HIV and HCV work in order to educate, support and connect people working across BC. The annual meeting, Executive Directors’ Summit and People Living with HIV forum also identify and prioritize advocacy issues for PAN to address.  The 2017 event will be October 25 and… Read more »

  • The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) supports people who are living with HIV to realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life. Developed in partnership with the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN), these learning modules have supported many people to go on to pursue paid and volunteer work with new… Read more »

  • Going on a weekend training with peers who have HIV can be life-changing. People arrive to meet other attendees and often feel nervous and uncertain about what to expect and how they will do. When the weekend program is finished, people  don’t want to leave. But what does happen when people leave? How does PLDI training… Read more »

  • The Positive Leadership Development Institute News blog covers information about the multi-module PLDI training as well as information about PLDI grads. Some have gone on to work in the HIV sector as researchers, educators, support workers, and more. Read stories on what it’s like to work in community-based research work from someone with lived experience; read… Read more »


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