Evaluation and research are integral components of François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center programs and address education and training strategies, multifaceted program evaluation, clinical practice, patient outcomes, and clinical trials. Evaluation activities—including needs assessments—are used to inform program development, track program progress, document outcomes and accomplishments, and disseminate knowledge and lessons learned. In addition, FXB Center personnel are actively involved in the School of Nursing HIV Research Collaborative, a group of faculty and staff engaged in advancing HIV-related research.
FXB Center research funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) was the first to examine the effects of severity of illness and antiretroviral treatment and the effects of stressful life events on quality of life in in children living with HIV infection. Evaluation and research projects supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)/HIV AIDS Bureau (HAB), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the New Jersey Department of Health Division of HIV/STD/TB Services have focused on a number of topics including the needs and care of women living with HIV, prevention of perinatal HIV transmission, and evaluation of training and technical assistance resources. Examples, listed below, illustrate the integration of FXB Center research and evaluation with programmatic funding; some projects have received direct support and others have developed through networking supported by the funded program.