UZT Boosts Capacity for Effective Program Evaluation Through USAID Workshop

UZT Boosts Capacity for Effective Program Evaluation Through USAID Workshop

The Union Zimbabwe Trust (UZT), represented by the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer recently participated at the African Regional Workshop on Strengthening TB Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) Systems in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The USAID funded TB Data, Impact Assessment, and Communications Hub (TB DIAH) organised the workshop which focused on strengthening TB monitoring and evaluation systems in 11 African US TB-priority countries including Zimbabwe. The objectives of the workshop were threefold:

• To present the updated Performance-based Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PBMEF) in-depth and learn how the PBMEF and related tools, such as the revised Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan Template, can be used as a performance management resource;
• To present the new World Health Organisation (WHO) surveillance guidelines and considerations for WHO reporting;
• And to provide the opportunity for collaboration and learning with participants from the different countries presenting their TB data and sharing M&E best practices, challenges, and lessons learned.

The Performance-based Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PBMEF) is a key component of USAID’s effort to ensure accountability for effective use of investments in TB programs at the global, regional, country, and project levels and accelerate progress to end the TB epidemic. The PBMEF was developed as a comprehensive tool by TB DIAH , in collaboration with USAID, to help Missions, implementing partners (IPs) and advisors, national governments’ health ministries, and national TB programs (NTPs) track progress against TB in a country and improve the measurement of critical TB program results.

UZT is currently implementing a US$15million, 5-year cooperative agreement from USAID through the Tuberculosis Local Organization Network (TB-LON) funding mechanism. The support was part of USAID’s Global Accelerator to End TB and is contributing to the national TB-HIV response in Zimbabwe in 8 districts across three provinces.

The PBMEF streamlines and prioritizes indicators for monitoring progress toward global TB milestones and targets in USAID’s bilaterally-supported TB countries. It underpins USAID’s Global TB Strategy 2023-2030 and is fully aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO) End TB Strategy 2015-2030 and the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Plan to End TB 2023-2030, as well as the commitments and targets set at the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) in 2023 on ending TB.