The purpose of the Data Integration, Systems, and Quality (DISQ) Technical Assistance program is to provide onsite and virtual technical assistance to RWHAP recipients and subrecipients to increase data-related capacity and improve the ease, completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of program data.
technical assistance program will improve RWHAP recipients’ and sub-recipients’ capacity to meet data-related program requirements and enhance their ability to use data to increase program efficiency and effectiveness.
The goal of DISQ is to improve program datasets by:
• Enhancing processes that recipients and subrecipients use to (a) collect, (b) integrate, (c) report, and (d) utilize data, and • Increasing overall data quality.
HRSA-20-070 and HRSA-20-094 2 There are six primary objectives to reach these goals:
• Ensure broad understanding and use of current HRSA HAB data requirements among all recipients and subrecipients.
• Assist recipients in using T/TA tools to train their subrecipients.
• Increase the use of automatic data transfer between various data systems to reduce duplication of effort and increase data quality.
• Increase recipients’ testing of their systems during the year to help identify system problems and improve quality.
• Develop T/TA curricula and tools that will help recipients and subrecipients analyze data to identify disparities in care and/or develop specific steps to improve health outcomes.
• Develop effective tools and strategies using adult-learning methodologies for ongoing T/TA, outreach, collaborations, clear communication, and information sharing/dissemination that meaningfully involve communities served by the RWHAP and are culturally and linguistically relevant.
The RWHAP has two major data reporting systems—the Ryan White Services Report (RSR) and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Data Report (ADR)—as well as several smaller data reporting systems:
the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) Report, HIV Quality Management (HIVQM) Module, and Ending the HIV Epidemic Triannual Module.
RWHAP recipients and subrecipients use these data for a myriad of purposes including, but not limited to, planning, prioritizing, targeting, and monitoring programs and resources, identifying and addressing gaps in care and services, and monitoring indicators of care and treatment among clients served by RWHAP.
In addition, to meet RWHAP grant requirements, recipients and subrecipients submit de-identified data to HRSA HAB for their respective program(s).