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TB Notes 4, 2003

Update from the Evaluation Work Group (EWG)

Recently, representatives from seven state TB control programs (CA, FL, MD, NY, SC, TX, and VA) and DTBE formed the TB Evaluation Work Group (EWG) to develop a national evaluation plan, along with evaluation tools and materials, in order to build state and local capacity in program evaluation. The EWG held its first meeting May 27-29, 2003, in Atlanta. During this meeting, the EWG determined the primary tasks the group will undertake in developing an evaluation plan and the tools needed to build evaluation capacity at the national, state, and local levels.

What has been accomplished to date?
The EWG assisted the National TB Controllers Association in conducting a needs assessment of state and big city TB programs to determine evaluation practices and tools that are currently being used. Eighty-one percent of state and big city TB programs participated in the needs assessment. Data from the needs assessment are being analyzed and the results will be shared in the near future.

How will the Evaluation Work Group assist my TB program?
The EWG is developing a strategic plan that is designed to improve and enhance TB program performance by

  • assisting TB programs in assessing their evaluation needs
  • developing appropriate and useful program performance measures, evaluation tools, and training
  • building the interest and skills needed to perform beneficial evaluation

How can my TB program assist the Evaluation Work Group?
Representatives from TB programs drive the EWG by providing hands-on information about the evaluation process. All state and local TB programs can act as partners in this effort by

  • providing feedback through needs assessments
  • sharing evaluation tools
  • reviewing draft tools
  • providing support for evaluation in your TB program

If you would like more information about how you can become a part of this effort, please contact Mark Lobato at or Maureen Wilce at

—Reported by Betsy Carter, MPH, CHES
Mark Lobato, MD
Div of TB Elimination
and Carol Pozsik, RN, MPH, Director
TB Control Div, SC Dept of Health and Environmental Control


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