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TB Notes 4, 2007
Director's Letter
Highlights from State and Local Programs
  Delaware’s Lang TB Clinic Team Selected as Finalist for 2006 Team Excellence Award
New Tools Available to Help With Program Evaluation
TB Education and Training Network Updates
  Member Highlight
  Seventh Annual Conference Highlights
  TB ETN Cultural Competency Workgroup Update
  Second Annual Focal Points Meeting
Data Management and Statistics Branch Update
  Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference Held in August 2007
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch Updates
  11th Semiannual Meeting of the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium
  CDC Team Teaches TB/HIV Operational Research Course in Kiev, Ukraine
  2006 Annual Surveillance Report
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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 4, 2007

New Tools Available to Help With Program Evaluation

On August 1, 2007, CDC evaluators Karen Debrot and Betty Apt presented their Divisions’ new program evaluation resources to the TB Evaluation Working Group. These tools are based on the CDC Framework and can be used by virtually any public health program with only minor adaptations.

Ms. Debrot, from the Division of Adolescent and School Health, presented the on-line program evaluation resources available to their contracted partners. She explained that their goal was to pull together a specific set of the most accessible and useful existing evaluation tools, and then develop additional tools to meet their contracted partners’ requests. Their resources include-

  • Eleven briefing sheets, which provide summaries of basic tasks, from developing logic models to writing evaluation reports,
  • Three tutorials to teach basic program evaluation, logic modeling, and writing smart objectives (a fourth tutorial on developing indicators will be added), and
  • Links to useful evaluation handbooks from other sources.

These tools can be found at www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/evaluation/resources.htm#4.

Ms. Apt, who is with the Division of STD Prevention, presented on the newly developed manual, “Practical Use of Program Evaluation among Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Programs.” This manual includes-

  • Sixteen tools that break down the six steps of the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health into smaller steps;
  • Exercises and worksheets that can be copied or downloaded;
  • Sample logic models and evaluation plans; and
  • Case studies showing an evaluation of activities taken to address increases of syphilis and chlamydia.

Hard copies of the manual have been sent to colleagues in state STD programs. It can also be found online at www.cdc.gov/std/program/pupestd.htm.

As the speakers noted, because our evaluation work is based on a common framework, it is easy to share tools and resources across our programs. “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” they noted. Both Debrot and Apt have volunteered to answer any questions about their materials. If you have any questions about how to adapt and use these tools in your TB programs, please contact Maureen Wilce at mwilce@cdc.gov.

—Submitted by Maureen Wilce and Ann Tyree
Evaluation Work Group

 


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