How does the Promising Practices Database work?

Program designers, implementers, and managers can search the database to find models that they can adapt for use in their context. The documentation included with some practices may also include tools and training curricula that have been successfully implemented in the field.

Practices are assigned to one of three categories (see graphic below) to help users distinguish how much evidence a practice has available to inform future programming. These categories do not reflect the value of a practice, but rather the breadth of the documentation that is available on the practice.

The database lists practices based on six program elements: target population, program implementation, program evaluation, program monitoring, quality assurance/quality improvement; and extent of funding support.To include a practice in the database, AIDSTAR-One must have adequate documentation on the specific objectives of the practice, its target population, how it was implemented, and the results it has achieved.

Search based on the category a practice is assigned, as well as its core content (target population, focus area, region, etc.).