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The Community-based Operations Research Empowerment (CORE) Approach

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Overview : CORE was developed by AIDInc and has been in use since 2002 across number of caribbean regional projects.
Description : CORE is a Participatory operations research method and programming & evaluation driven by empowered grass roots population. CORE supports and empowers vulnerable populations, pivotal groups, and community leaders at the grass roots to effectively lead the HIV response. CORE Focuses on skills building at each stage in order to empower communities to: • Conduct needs-based operations research • Translate findings into tailored programming using targeted novel BCC strategies • Monitor & Evaluating their own programmes through participatory M&E approaches. CORE has been used in the following assessments : HSPA – Health Services Provision Assessment-AIDInc , MEASURE , St. Georges University; Caribbean Ambassadors fund Informal Workers Peer Education Project; HASSUS – Health and Social Services Utilization Study•Sexual Practices of PLHIV • Mental Health and coping of PLHIV • Quality of Life of PLHIV• HASSER – Barbados HIV Health & Social Services Evaluation and Review : ILO USDoL Workplace Education Project : DFID Private sector and HIV project phases I & II • Working with NGOs to develop skills base for active participation in HIV programming affecting communities and the private sector • HIV Edu-drama stigma reduction sub-project • HIV Stigma reduction peer education design • Barbados men’s lifestyle study and initiative (BMLS, 2007). View the powerpoint overview of the CORE Steps, the CORE cycle, a documented example of the CORE approach adapted and adopted for St Lucia youth empowerment and Stigma study and a short clip our Youth2Youth CORE empowerment in action.
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Over the past  18 months,  the staff at the RSDU staff  have  designed and developed  the SCOR-B.  This is the first ever  development of a regionally targeted stigma measure  that considers the context of stigma in the English -speaking Caribbean. it is also the first of such validation   of stigma indicators in the Region. 

The purpose of SCOR-B  is  to provide measures of  stigma  reduction outcomes  within key community groups   resulting from targeted  community based anti - stigma and  human rights interventions.    

The design  phase was supported by an initial scoping exercise in the target countries  while for  the   in the  pilot and testing phase ,  technical  RSDU staff came together with statistical  advisors of the RSDU Technical working group (TWG) to validate the stigma measures  in the region  - pretest  and analyses in one country lasted 3 weeks, validation  exercises  in one country  lasted 3 months and the pilot lasted  2 months.

Review the SCOR_B Stigma Indicators  

Take a  moment  to review  the SCOR- B stigma  outcome indicators for PLHIV, MSM and Sex workers and general community  gate-keeping groups (Community Pivotal Actors).   Just Click on the  'most popular' tab above. We invite you to send ,  comments , questions,  suggestions and feedback  for us to consider as these measures are applied and tested