Rapid Assessment and Response Adaptation Guide on HIV and Men who Have Sex With Men

A rapid assessment and response (RAR) is a method for quickly assessing complex health issues, analyzing the data collected and responding with appropriate interventions. This document provides guidelines for an RAR for men who have sex with men, focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention. It describes a series of practical activities for learning about the circumstances, experiences and needs of men who have sex with men in a variety of settings. It is intended for program planners, policy makers, researchers and members of community-based organizations. Guideline topics include:

  • The scope and focus of an RAR
  • Planning an RAR on HIV/AIDS and men who have sex with men
  • A model for research and response with men who have sex with men
  • Community participation and advocacy
  • Training for RAR staff and volunteers
  • Conducting an initial rapid assessment
  • Analysis of RAR findings
  • Developing an action plan
  • Monitoring and evaluation strategies


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