Quality criteria

How do you make sure that your programmes on SRHR education and HIV prevention for youth are as effective as possible?

Quality criteria

Quality standards are useful to improve the quality of and strengthen SRHR education and HIV prevention programmes for youth. When we talk about quality standards, we refer to the quality criteria of effective sexuality education interventions. The quality standards are derived from international multi-country research analysing approximately 80 different sexuality education programmes, including programmes in countries in Sub Sahara Africa. (study of Douglas Kirby and colleagues -2007)

Based on these quality standards several tools are available to identify what is done well and what needs to be improved. Among them the International Technical Guidelines for Sexuality Education (UNESCO) and the Inside and out tool (IPPF/UNESCO), the Planning & Support tool, jointly developed by STOP AIDS NOW! and Rutgers WPF.

Here you find a summary of quality criteria for effective sexuality education:

Planning and Involvement  

1. Involve people with specific expertise in SRHR education for young people
in the planning process of an intervention
2. Involve young people in all stages of intervention planning
3. Involve other stakeholders in intervention planning 
4. Involve relevant decision-makers in intervention mapping 

Needs assessment/ situation Analysis 

5. The intervention is based on a needs assessment
6. The intervention is based on a situation analysis
7. A clear outline of the health goals of the intervention
8. Clear and consistent behavioral messages
9. Address all relevant and changeable determinants of behavior
10. Create a supportive and safe environment
11. The use of a holistic approach 

Evidence-based intervention design 

12. The intervention is explicit about sexuality
13. The facilitators can create a safe setting for young people
14. Provide correct and complete information and correct myths and misconceptions 
related to sensitive topics
15. The intervention addresses risk perception
16. The intervention helps people to understand and develop their own attitude, 
values and awareness of social influences
17. The intervention includes interactive skills training
18. Young people have access to individual support
19. Promoting communication with  parents or other adults 
20. Topics in the intervention are covered in a logical sequence
21. The intervention does appeal to the target group
22. The intervention has been tested 

Adoption and implementation 

23. Efforts are made to increase adoption of the intervention
24. The intervention is implemented by appropriate facilitators
25. Training and support for facilitators
26. The intervention sustainable 

Monitoring and evaluation

27. Outcome evaluation is conducted
28. Process evaluation is conducted