Evaluation of the MAI Fund

Dates: 2008-2010

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): Office of HIV/AIDS Policy

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: HIV & Infectious Diseases, Health Disparities


The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) was established in 1999 to address the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. The MAI also allocates about $50 million to the HHS Office of the Secretary. This allocation is called the Secretary’s MAI Fund (SMAIF) and is distributed on a competitive basis to HHS agencies and staff offices to support HIV prevention, care and treatment, outreach and education, capacity building, and technical assistance activities.
In the fall of 2008, the US Health and Human Services Office of HIV/AIDS Policy hired JSI to conduct a qualitative evaluation of the Minority AIDS Initiative Secretary's Fund (MAIF) activities and outcomes between FY 2006 and FY 2008.
JSI, in partnership with American Cybernetics Corporation Inc. created a Web-based inventory containing details programmatic and fiscal information of about 115 projects funded by the SMAIF. JSI also extracted information from all SMAIF-related documents contained in the inventory; and interviewed all members of the SMAIF Steering Committee members.
The results of the evaluation showed that prevention, capacity building, program demonstration and evaluation accounted for 96% of MAI funding. The evaluation also found SMAIF to be aligned with the purpose of the Minority AIDS Initiative as reflected in its commitment to: 1) create and enhance HIV service capacity among minority community-based organizations (MCBOs) in order to provide quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment services; 2) expand the number of HIV service providers in minority communities; and 3) enable MCBOs to deliver culturally-competent services.

The findings of this evaluation were used to guide the management of SMAIF programs during FY 2011.