Evidence Hearings

What are evidence hearings?

As part of their engagement and consultation strategy, the HIV Commission is calling for evidence hearings around the country to inform its thinking. This will help inform commissioners on the development of evidence-based recommendations.

They are a series of regional town hall sessions where members of the HIV Commission will meet with organisations and communities to get deeper understanding on topics impacting local areas.

Where and when are the sessions taking place?

Evidence hearings are a series of six events across five different areas of the country to serve as a platform for commissioners to directly engage with local communities. They are London, Brighton, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

Location Date Local partner
Manchester 13.02.20 BHA for Equality, George House Trust, LGBT Foundation
Summary notes coming soon
London 18.02.20 HIV Prevention England conference
Summary notes coming soon
Birmingham 21.02.20 Local government and local community-based organisations
Registration required
Brighton 06.03.20 City of Brighton-Hove, Fast Track Cities Brighton-Hove
Bristol 09.03.20 Fast Track Cities Bristol, City of Bristol, THT, Brigstowe
Registration required
London 13.03.20 London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Positive East

Note that dates might change following advice from our local partners.

What is the format for each session?

In order to acknowledge local expertise, the commission is asking local partners to advise on how to best engage with their local populations.

For the sessions to be successful, some local variations will be needed in order to address local needs. However, the commission is requesting that each local partner agrees to a set of core activities, including:

  • Public town hall session open to all local communities.
  • Hearings from local stakeholders on key regional successes and challenges.
  • Small group discussions between commissioners and town hall attendees.

It is expected that each session will be attended in person by members of the HIV Commission and will last half a day. Following agreement to the core set of activities, each local partner will suggest additions to their events in order to best engage with their populations. Example of those variations can include visit to local organisations, closed meetings with people living with HIV, additional presentations beyond those requested by commissioners, and others. Any additional activity or revisions to the suggested activities will be agreed by members of the commission prior attendance.