This unit manages data collection at all levels: from inception of data collection form development, provider training, database creation to reporting to federal funders and internal stakeholders. R&E staff create standardized and customized data reports used to assess service delivery throughout the state and assist in programmatic planning. Unit staff also analyze and interpret the data internally for contract managers and unit directors, and develop processes to disseminate the data to contracted organizations.
The R&E Unit is also responsible for the implementation of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) study in Boston, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for ongoing monitoring of risk behaviors and trends associated with HIV testing among targeted populations. R&E also collaborates with the HIV Surveillance Program.