New Book: Monitoring and Evaluation in Health and Social Development: Interpretive and Ethnographic Perspectives

Routledge have just published a new book on Monitoring and Evaluation in Health and Social Development, edited by Peter Aggleton and Stephen Bell from the Kirby Institute. There is a chapter in it on the Social Mapping process we used in the Tingim Laip Project in Papua New Guinea. It's written by myself, Jenn Miller and Topa Hershey from the Tingim Laip senior management team and Scott Berry who designed the methodology and trained the field workers.

We used this methodology to steer the changes we wanted to make in the focus of the project - from a focus on general community to a genuine peer-led initiative. As a result of the social mapping we were able to identify, train and hire a cadre of people from the populations most affected by HIV in PNG - mostly women who had been involved in sex work and transactional sex, people living with HIV, gay men and transgender people.

The social mapping helped us to understand much more clearly the people who made up the populations most affected by HIV, what they wanted and needed and how they could best be assisted to improve their health and the health of their families and loved ones. It also helped us to clearly understand exactly what barriers were placed in front of them in relation to accessing health services and living a life free from violence and intimidation.

The e-book is available here.

About the author

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Lou is a director of APMG and is based in Sydney. He has worked in the response to HIV in a variety of roles since 1983 including management of AIDS home and community programmes and was Executive Director of Australia’s national AIDS NGO. Lou has a background in paediatric nursing, nursing service management and public policy. He worked alongside friends and colleagues in the early part of Sydney’s response to HIV in the gay community, setting up volunteer emotional support and home-care programmes, providing community support in outpatient clinics and providing VCT counselling. Lou began working as an HIV and development consultant in 1998, focusing on technical assistance for national and provincial AIDS policy development, and implementation and strengthening of the civil society response to AIDS. Lou is an experienced adult learning trainer and has prepared and conducted training programs for a wide range of health and community workers. He is also a consumer health advocate and has served two terms as national chairperson of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia.