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National Tuberculosis Indicators Project (NTIP): Intensive Review

The National Tuberculosis Indicators Project (NTIP) is an initiative designed to standardize the data for monitoring TB program progress toward objectives, which can then be used to guide program improvement efforts. This initiative is a joint effort between DTBE and state partners. Recognizing resource limitations, DTBE will be launching NTIP to facilitate the optimal use of existing data sources, enhance the communication between DTBE and program areas, and facilitate the process for improving program effectiveness.

In September 2007, DTBE engaged a larger stakeholder audience in a 2-day intensive review meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, to provide input and guidance for NTIP.

Image of External DTBE Partners engaged in a round table presentation meeting.External partners attending the meeting were TB program staff from California, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and representatives of the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA), the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET), the TB Evaluation Working Group (EWG), and TB Education and Training Network (ETN). Also present were DTBE representatives from the Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch; the Field Services and Evaluation Branch; and the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigation Branch.

The purpose of the 2-day meeting was to ask external partners for input that would further refine NTIP and ensure that it will be a useful tool for TB programs. In addition to providing advice for enhancing NTIP, external partners provided recommendations to DTBE on how to further increase its effectiveness in providing guidance and assistance to the cooperative agreement recipients. Some of these recommendations include

  • standardizing the cooperative agreement reporting format,
  • implementing strategies to increase Aggregate Reports for Program Evaluation (ARPEs) reporting on contacts,
  • providing constructive and substantive feedback to cooperative agreement recipients on work plans submitted (i.e., the human resources development plan and the program evaluation plan),
  • developing complimentary educational materials to facilitate advocacy and training,
  • providing support (i.e., local-level data and technical assistance) to states in implementing NTIP at the local level, and
  • developing a record-based (i.e., line-listed) data collection system for contacts.

These recommendations will be used to inform division efforts, refine the cooperative agreements, streamline the cooperative agreement reporting process, and develop guidance to the states in prioritizing and focusing program improvement and reporting efforts.

—Reported by Kai Young, MPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination

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