M&E best practices: Enhancing data quality and creating a culture of data use for health program planning and improvement


The Second Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Best Practices Conference (AMEBPC) is a continuation of the last year’s conference held at Sea Scape Hotel in Dar es Salaam from 11th to 15th December, 2017.  The conference was organized to provide a forum for experience sharing about monitoring and evaluation (M&E) best practices in Tanzania and in other developing countries. It attracted health stakeholders involved in the program delivery to strengthen their individual and organizational capacity to use high quality data for effective evidence-based strategic planning of health programs. The theme of the conference highlighted current context, novel contributions, best practices and lessons learned in the use of M&E data for program M&E in Tanzania. The evaluation conducted after the conference showed that the objectives were to a large extent achieved successfully though a few challenges were encountered. These have   been taken positively for the purpose of improving the coming conference.

This year, the conference focuses more on two broad groups of actors who deal with data and improvement of health services delivery. The first group comprises of experts dealing with formulation of policy guidelines, health interventions and health systems design under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC). The second group comprises of the actors involved in policy and program implementation under the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG). The decision to bring these two groups together was taken to provide an opportunity for sharing challenges encountered during implementation of different programs together with the best practices from the LGAs.

The conference invites authors to submit their original contributions to the M&E scientific research in program formulation or implementation. In addition, it invites papers focusing on sharing of experiences on data generation and use at the level of community, Local Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). It should be noted that the sharing of experiences must be related to health programs or intervention design and improvement.  The authors are required to submit an abstract which will be evaluated by a scientific committee for approval. The authors whose abstracts are approved will be required to submit a full text or a poster for Presentation.

Abstract submissions should focus on one of the tracks listed below:

  • Track 1: Routine data use for planning processes
  • Track 2: Innovative strategies for improving quality of data
  • Track 3: Link between DHIS2 and the Direct Health Facility Financing
  • 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. Quality papers presented during the 2018’s AMEBPC will be selected for more improvement and consideration for publication in the East Africa Journal of Applied Health Monitoring and Evaluation (EAJAHME).