Criteria for Strategies in the Best Practices Compilation

The goal of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Recipient Compilation of Best Practice Intervention Strategies (Best Practices Compilation) is to identify and document existing best practice strategies implemented by RWHAP grant recipients and subrecipients. The Best Practices Compilation presents intervention strategies that have been implemented in real world settings and improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum.

How are emerging strategies defined?

For intervention strategies to be included as an emerging strategy, they need to meet the following criteria.

  1. Implemented in a RWHAP-funded setting for at least 12 months.
  2. Shown improvements in one or more HIV care continuum outcomes either directly or indirectly.
    • An example of an emerging strategy that directly influences an HIV care continuum outcome is an innovative peer model that links newly diagnosed clients to medical care.
    • An example of an emerging strategy that indirectly influences an HIV care continuum outcome is one that focuses on a practice or social determinant of health, such as housing, that in turn results in an improved HIV care continuum outcome.
  1. Evaluation results are not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  2. Your organization is willing to share the strategy via the website.

How are emerging strategies different from evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions?

The Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Mental Health, developed three categories of intervention strategies for the RWHAP: evidence-based interventions, evidence-informed interventions, and emerging strategies.1 See summary guidelines below.

Summary of Guidelines to Assess Different Levels of Evidence

All levels must have demonstrated effectiveness in improving the care and treatment of people with HIV. In addition, each level must also meet the following criteria:

Evidence-Based Interventions Evidence-Informed Interventions Emerging Strategies

Published research evidence supporting these evidence supporting these interventions meets Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for being evidence-based.

Published research evidence meets HRSA evidence-informed criteria but does not meet CDC criteria for evidence-based interventions. It may also meet CDC criteria for evidence informed interventions.

Innovative strategies that address emerging priorities for improving the care and treatment of people with HIV. Real world validity and effectiveness have been demonstrated but emerging strategies do not yet have sufficient published research evidence.

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1. Psihopaidas D, Cohen SM, West T, et al. (2020) Implementation science and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Ryan White HIV AIDS Program’s work towards ending the HIV epidemic in the United States. PLoS Med 17(11):e1003128.