DREAMS Monitoring and Evaluation

The DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) initiative was announced in 2015. This initiative focused on empowering adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and is a partnership of The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, ViiV Healthcare, and Gilead Sciences, Inc. Its goal was to reduce new HIV infection in adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) by 25 percent by the end of 2016 and by 40 percent at the end of 2017. The objectives were to increase secondary school enrolment, attendance and completion; decrease gender-based violence; and decrease the number of unintended pregnancies.

MEASURE Evaluation Strategic Information for South Africa (MEval-SIFSA) provided technical support to the task team comprised of government agencies, PEPFAR, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) that was developing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for a pilot of DREAMS in four districts in South Africa. This DREAMS Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (DIMES) was used as reporting platform beginning in 2016.

DIMES is a web-based M&E system that collects, validates, consolidates, and reports on the data generated by implementing partners working in 490 locations in the five DREAMS districts in South Africa. MEval-SIFSA developed data analytics plans and data dashboards to help DREAMS stakeholders monitor implementation and make evidence-based decisions about targeting interventions. The project also developed a data exchange platform to enable implementing partners and stakeholders to transfer data directly into DIMES, thus easing the data collection burden.


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