Positive Leadership Development Institute Impact Evaluation  



After completing 20 trainings with over 160 participants since its launch in 2009, PAN decided it was time to explore the impacts of the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) in BC. The purpose of evaluating the PLDI program was to determine whether it is meeting the short, intermediate, and long-term objectives of the program and to get some concrete data about PLDI participants’ experiences since and as a result of the training, including data about PLDI participants’ leadership activities in their communities and across the province. This evaluation was also an opportunity to determine what can be done to improve and grow the program.

In the spring of 2016, PAN established a Steering Committee and initiated a peer-led, participatory impact evaluation with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and REACH 2.0. A team of four Peer Evaluators (Darcy, Candice, Martin and Paul) were hired, trained, and supported to conduct the evaluation. Two of the Peer Evaluators had participated in the PLDI program and two had not.

The impact evaluation wrapped up in April 2017 and PAN is now working to disseminate its findings and learning from the process in reports to funders, participants, and stakeholders. The results will also be used to improve BC’s PLDI program and to develop materials to promote the program.


Evaluation and Training Resources:

Participatory Evaluation Primer:  This primer will provide you with background knowledge about what the purposes evaluations can serve, and how to improve program/intervention support and the usability of evaluation results through participatory evaluation approaches.

Impact Evaluation Primer – This primer will provide you with background knowledge about what impact evaluations are, the purposes they serve, and their benefits.


Peer Evaluator Training Manual — This 10-module manual was produced to train the Peer Evaluators. It provides an overview of evaluation approaches and methods as well as exercises for building an evaluation plan, developing and implementing data collection tools, conducting data analysis, and sharing evaluation findings. The References and Resources document provides links and more information on the topics covered in each module of the training manual.



PLDI Evaluation Meta-Evaluation – PAN contracted Catalyst Consulting to conduct a meta-evaluation of the PLDI Impact Evaluation process (i.e. an assessment of the evaluation process itself) in effort to document their successes, challenges and lessons learned in using a highly-engaged participatory approach to evaluation.


PLDI Impact Evaluation Reports, Summaries, and Findings:

PAN Ignite 2016 – Peer Evaluators from PANBC on Vimeo.


PLDI Impact Evaluation from PANBC on Vimeo.





Please keep checking back as we are busy creating additional reports and summaries relating to the findings from this evaluation! 


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  • 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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