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TB Challenge: Partnering to Eliminate TB
in African Americans

Program Evaluation:
A Vital Part of Program Success

Maureen Wilce, Behavioral Scientist, FSEB

Program evaluation is a priority area for the Division of TB Elimination (DTBE) and state TB programs. As conceptualized by the CDC's Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health, systematic collection of information about the activities and outcomes of programs to improve program effectiveness and inform decisions about future program development. Program evaluation can be a valuable tool for understanding how program activities affect populations with disproportionately high TB rates, such as African Americans. Evaluation findings can be used to identify ways to better serve diverse populations and plan programs that meet needs.

To help support these evaluation activities and others undertaken by TB programs nationwide, the Field Services and Evaluation Branch, DTBE, has created an Evaluation Working Group comprised of representatives from all DTBE branches and units and representatives from six state TB programs. The Group's vision for program evaluation activities is as follows:

  • TB programs should routinely conduct self-evaluations and use findings to improve and enhance programs,
  • Data systems should be in place to collect and organize data for evaluation purposes,
  • Standard indicators for program performance should be developed and reported, and
  • Lessons learned from evaluations should be shared across programs.

To attain this vision, the Work Group is developing a flexible, useful “toolkit” that will include guidance on how to conduct evaluations, a library of performance indicators, as well as data collection and analysis instruments. Although the final toolkit will not be completed for several years, pilot testing of specific tools will begin later this year.



Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
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