Quality Assurance, Evaluation & Data Collection

Quality assurance, continuous evaluation and data collection are vital for any HIV testing program. Continuous quality improvement (CQI) systematically tracks progress and barriers by location and/or by provider. Effective CQI uses real time data to make rapid modifications that continuously improve program outcomes. Quality assurance measures ensure that HIV testing equipment and protocols are up to date and reliable. Depending on your funding and organization, these activities will likely be required. Establishing systems to complete these ongoing tasks is important for any HIV testing program. Below are examples of quality assurance measures and CQI processes.

Downloadable Resources
(Please right-click to download each resource.)

  1. Quality Assurance for Rapid HIV Tests (CDC, 2007)
    This document provides guidance on quality assurance (QA) practices for sites using or planning to use rapid tests waived under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations.
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  2. Routine HIV Testing Observation (MATEC)
    This form is an example of a checklist used to observe HIV testing. It asks the questions required by law in Illinois and should be used as a guide to develop your own evaluation tool.
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  3. 10 Steps to a Quality HIV Testing Program (SEATEC)
    An important list of issues to consider before starting an HIV testing.
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  4. Health Center Model (NACHC, 2009)
    This document provides a model for how a community health center (CHC) can design a process where everyone 13 to 64 years of age is screened for HIV as a routine part of medical care. The tools and resources referenced were developed, tested, and successfully used by six community health centers participating in a Routine HIV Screening pilot supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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  5. Project Data Variables (HIV Focus)
    Data collection and analysis is critically important to conducting ongoing evaluation of the success of your testing work.  This document contains a list of variables that can be very useful in understanding how well your project is working.
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  6. HIV Focus PPT USCA (Urban Health Plan, 2011)
    This presentation addresses program design and integrated CQI.
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