A Tool to Assess the Impact of Girls' Clubs and Savings Groups on AGYW
The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) initiative in 2016 to accelerate reduction of HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. Girls’ clubs and savings groups for AGYW are core HIV prevention components of the global DREAMS evidence-informed package of recommended interventions. To strengthen AGYW programming in Mozambique and inform the design, implementation, and monitoring of PEPFAR girls’ clubs and savings groups globally, USAID asked MEASURE Evaluation to implement an activity with the following objectives:
1. Gather information from the literature and the two projects in Mozambique implementing girls’ clubs and savings groups for AGYW regarding the following:
The dosage (i.e., length of participation and number of sessions attended) to achieve intended program outcomes
Approaches used to promote consistent participation (or “retention”) in these groups, and methods used to measure retention
2. Summarize findings and provide data collection guidance (e.g., interview topics and suggested methods) for programs to use in improving retention in girls’ clubs and savings groups for AGYW.