The W3 project is a ground breaking study that builds a deeper understanding of the role and effectiveness of peer-based programs in hepatitis C and HIV prevention and care, and their contribution to policy and health service reform. 

The W3 Project develops an evaluation and monitoring framework and tools that supports peer-based HIV and hepatitis C organisations to capture and use peer knowledge.  This knowledge is used to refine organisational practice and improve their organisational influence within their community and policy environments.

Below is brief walk through of the W3 Framework.

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How does W3 Differs to Current Evaluation Approaches?

For peer-based HIV and hepatitis C organisations there is one constant: the environment is always changing.

Sometimes the change reflects shifting behaviours in communities. Other times, the change involves responding to new research findings about novel treatments and prevention strategies.

Current evaluation approaches often assume that only the health promotion program should be studied so that any changes can be attributed to the program itself. This kind of evaluation seeks to filter out changes that result from interactions between the program and its target community.

However, peer and community-based health promotion is all about interactions between the program and the communities it works with.

In response, the W3 Project uses a systems-thinking approach to identify and understand the complex relationships between all the moving parts of the community and policy systems and their effects. 

It also brings an understanding that the way communities of people living with HIV or hepatitis C enhance, adapt, resist or ignore peer-based programs are part of the program.  This is something to be leveraged rather than treated as a confounding factor.

Peer and community-based organisations across Australia have begun using the W3 Framework.  Click here to see case studies on how they are using W3.

To read about W3 Framework in more detail, click here.

To read the history of W3 and how the Framework was developed, click here.