Center for Outreach Research and Evaluation (CORE)
The Center for Outreach Research and Evaluation (CORE) is a program support center to evaluate HIV outreach strategies to bring underserved individuals with HIV into care. The HIV/AIDS Bureau of HRSA funds this outreach initiative as part of the Special Projects of National Significance Program (SPNS).
Purposes of CORE
The CORE has three main purposes:
1. To coordinate and facilitate the evaluation of outreach strategies for bringing minority and underserved populations into health care in the early stages of HIV disease.
2. To identify and evaluate models that transform sporadic users of health
care into regular and continual users of health care.
3. To identify effective methods to support and retain clients in health care.
The CORE coordinated the evaluation of seventeen separately funded Targeted HIV Outreach and Intervention Programs during Phase 1 of the study, and ten programs during Phase 2 of the study.
Timeline -- Phase 1 and 2 of Study
The CORE is funded under a Special Project of National Significance Grant (SPNS) for a five-year period. During Phase 1, in the first two years of the project, the individual programs conducted local evaluations of their outreach programs, and participated in the development of a multi-site evaluation plan. The projects re-competed for funding for Phase 2 of the evaluation, which included modifications to program design and the multi-site evaluation.
The multi-site study aims to answer certain key study questions. During Phase 1, interviews and other study tools evaluated the programs quantitatively. During Phase 2, the programs conducted both quantitative and qualitative evaluations. The qualitative study proposed to understand the process of engagement in medical care and associated contextual factors.
• Multi-site Study Questions
• Phase 2 Study Tools: Quantitative & Qualitative
• Intake Interview Phase II
• Intake Interview Phase II Spanish
• Follow Up Phase II
• Follow Up Phase II Spanish
• Interview Code Book
• Client Interview
• Chart Tools
• Chart Review Intake
• Chart Follow Up
• Outreach Encounters
• Outreach Worker Log Instructions
• Logic Model
• Publications & Dissemination
• Making the Connection
• AIDS patient Care & STDs Journal Supplement
• APHA Meeting Abstracts for 2007
• ACT HIV-Abstract
Descriptions and findings of the outreach initiative are disseminated in
the form of conference presentations, workshops, peer-reviewed journal articles
and technical reports.
• Publications & Dissemination Policy
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