FIRST ANNUAL MONITORING & EVALUATION BEST PRACTICE CONFERENCE PLANNED TO BE HELD ON 4 – 8 DECEMBER 2017
Theme: M&E best practices: Enhancing data quality and supporting data use for health program design and improvement.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Best Practices Conference serves as a forum for sharing and cross learning monitoring and evaluation (M&E) best practices across health stakeholders to further strengthen the ability and capability of organizations to use high-quality data for efficient, evidence-based strategic planning of health programs. The theme of the conference will highlight current context, novel contributions, best practices and lessons learned in the use of M&E data for program M&E in Tanzania. The use of M&E can play a significant role in strengthening national health systems and services; reducing costs; and providing information and evidence for policy and decision making by leveraging key decision makers to improve the availability and use of information.
In Tanzania, to date, all districts and selected health facilities are required to collect, process, analyze and make use of data for evidence based decision. Significant investments have already been made by the government and development partners to strengthen health management information system including connecting all districts to DHIS2 national server. As the Tanzania DHIS2 and other specific programs based systems continue to generate information, public health officials have been working through the process of rollout, implementation, utilization, analysis, interpretation and visualization of data to better inform national, regions’ and districts’ health service delivery with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes of the population. In this context, M&E has and continues to be a vital tool for meeting these goals in Tanzania by ensuring that accurate health information is provided in a timely manner, where it is needed and to whom it is needed, in a secure, clear and precise form for the purpose of improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery and prevention programs.
The conference will include keynote presentations, individual oral presentations and plenaries, multitrack panel discussions, and poster presentations. The conference will also include technical workshops to build capacity in necessary M&E skills; round table discussions on topics selected by conference attendees, and “lightning talks” showcasing promising M&E methods, tools and products currently being used in the field of global health in East Africa.
The conference will invite authors to submit their original contributions of M&E scientific research or program or community level experiences, specifically related to health programs or interventions design and improvement, as either an abstract (request for keynote, plenary, panel, poster presentation) or lightning talk.
Abstract submissions should fall within one of the tracks below:
- Track 1: Routine data use for enhanced efficiency, quality and targeting of health services
- Track 2: Innovative strategies for improving quality of data
- Track 3: Synthesis of data from multiple data sources and health information systems for reporting, strategic planning, and continuous quality improvement
- Track 4: New technologies for data collection, management, visualization and dissemination
A subset of highly ranked papers will be invited to present individual plenary presentations. The next ranked subset will be invited to present on a panel discussion and the remaining accepted abstracts will be invited to present posters. Abstracts highlighting a specific product or tool may request to be considered for or asked to provide a lightning talk to share the processes and results of digital M&E tools and products being rolled out in Tanzania and beyond.
In addition the accepted abstracts, complete paper and posters from the conference will be disseminated through the Mzumbe websites http://sopam.mzumbe.ac.tz/ & http://coehme.mzumbe.ac.tz/. In addition, the conference proceedings will be reviewed and edited and published through the East African Journal of Applied Health Monitoring and evaluation http://eajahme.com/. Some of quality papers will be submitted for the conference will be recommended for publications through peer-reviewed journals including EAJAHME. The conference output will also be used as reference materials and cases for teaching M&E and other health programs offered by the university.