Evaluation at PAN

Evaluation is an important part of PAN’s work. PAN works to facilitate, support and build evaluation capacity and learning-driven culture to help address HIV, hepatitis C, and related issues in BC and across Canada. PAN uses a participatory and community-based evaluation framework. In other words, we work to build strong partnerships with key stakeholders, including people with lived experiences, community-based organizations, health system decision-makers and academics across the HIV and hepatitis C sectors.

We provide the following services to our members and the broader HIV and hepatitis C sectors in BC:

  • Evaluation capacity building – Do you want to learn more about evaluation? PAN can assist you in building tools and learning opportunities for people and organizations who want to learn more about evaluation.
  • Evaluation support – Is your organization interested in conducting an evaluation project but doesn’t know where to start? Contact PAN to discuss potential support for the planning and implementation of your organization’s evaluation projects.
  • Shared Measurement – Are you excited by shared indicators for evaluation? PAN is committed to the development and application of shared and common evaluation indicators for the community-based HIV and hepatitis C sectors in BC. This project was initiated through the CHERT and we developed Shared Measures for Community Organizations Addressing HIV & Hepatitis C in collaboration with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

Current PAN Evaluation Projects:

PAN leads and supports a number of community-based evaluation initiatives. These include:

    • PLDI Impact Evaluation Project: The Community-Based Research and Evaluation Team at PAN has supported the PLDI Team to conduct a participatory, impact evaluation of PLDI. The work was supported by a Steering Committee made up of PLDI grads, trainers, stakeholders and staff, and was led by a team of four Peer Evaluators. Further details about this project, including evaluation training resources and project findings can be found here.
    • Shared Measurement and Evaluation Support to Health Authorities: In promoting a culture of evidence-based practice and evaluation, PAN encourages the adoption of shared measurement tools to track the impact of our sector’s collective efforts responding to HIV, hepatitis C and related conditions. PAN has worked in partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) under its newly created Collective Impact Network, as well as Northern Health and Interior Health to build shared measurement frameworks and collect data using a set of common measures for community-based HIV and hepatitis C services. PAN is excited about this movement towards systematically evaluating and consistently monitoring the sector’s achievement of common goals.
    • Exploring Evaluation Webinar Series: PAN invited frontline community-based organizations, health authorities and professional evaluators to develop this 3-part pilot webinar series. The overall goal was to challenge the idea that evaluation is only for reporting to funders, to build a culture of learning, and provide tools and strategies for participants to make evaluation more accessible. Check out this Exploring Evaluation Webinar Series here.
    • Evaluation Flipped Workshop – Evaluate This 2017!: Hosted in partnership with REACH, the flipped workshop allows participants to work independently on their own projects and to interact virtually with other teams and instructors to discuss what they are learning. Our purpose in using a flipped workshop is to give participants more opportunity to learn through hands-on experience, over time, in time-flexible ways while tailoring our instruction, content and delivery to their needs.
    • Individual CBO Evaluation Support: Interested in conducting a program evaluation but not sure how or where to start? Curious about how you can tell if your program is having a positive impact on your participants? Needing to demonstrate program outcomes and results using rigorous program science? PAN supports community-based organizations by providing evaluation capacity- and skills-building to facilitate and grow participatory and community-based evaluation work in organizations that address HIV, hepatitis C and related issues in British Columbia. If you are interested, please be in touch.
    • Fee-for-Service Evaluation Consultancy: Does your organization or project have evaluation needs but do not have the capacity, expertise or time? PAN is available to provide fee-for-service evaluation consultancy. If you are interested, please be in touch!


If you have an evaluation or program science research idea, we can help. Contact Janice Duddy, our Director of Evaluation and Community-Based Research for more information. PAN’s Evaluation work is made possible in part through our partnership with and funding from the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS.

For helpful links and tools, see our Evaluation Resources page.


  • 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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