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EVALUATION RESOURCES


Recommended Sources of Training, Technical Assistance, or Information

 

 

 

 

Overview of Evaluation Types and Evaluation Planning


Logic Models


Selecting Evaluation Designs


Indicators and Standards


Developing Data Collection Tools


Population Sampling


Qualitative Data Analysis


Quantitative Analysis


Writing Evaluation Reports


Disseminating Evaluation Results and Findings


Managing an Evaluation Process


Economics Analysis


Other Cost Analysis/Cost Effectiveness Resources


Secondary Data Sources


Other Resources

 

 

 

Name

Source

Description

Overview of Evaluation Types and Evaluation Planning

Building Excellence in Evaluation: Examples in Chronic Disease Prevention from Alabama

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)

This program will provide an overview of evaluation types and examples of evaluation plans from ADPH.

Demonstrating Your Program’s Worth: A Primer on Evaluation for Programs to Prevent Unintentional Injury
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Book developed to show program managers how to demonstrate the value of their injury prevention programs to the public, to their
peers, to funding agencies, and to the people they serve.

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Logic Models

CDC Library Guide on Logic Models

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This Library Guide includes a selection of open-access materials on logic models from a variety of public health activities, domestic and international. A collection of logic models carefully selected and presented in four categories: logic models for program planning, logic models for program evaluation, development of logic models, and instructional materials.

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Selecting Evaluation Designs

Injury Prevention and Control: Policy Evaluation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The briefs and related appendices included on this webpage are intended to provide an increased understanding of the concepts and methodologies of policy evaluation. They are not intended to provide a “how-to” but rather to provide a solid foundation for exploring the utility of policy evaluation as a methodology and an overview of the critical steps and considerations throughout the process. Each of the briefs focuses on one specific aspect of policy evaluation; however, reading them all will provide a comprehensive overview of policy evaluation concepts and methodology.

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Indicators and Standards

Indicators for Injury and Violence Prevention (Objective #4725)

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

This interactive data tool allows users to explore data and technical information related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives. The Injury and Violence Prevention objectives for 2020 represent a broad range of issues which, if adequately addressed, will improve the health of the Nation.

Indicators for Injury and Violence Prevention (Objective #4764)

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

This interactive data tool allows users to explore data and technical information related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives. The Injury and Violence Prevention objectives for 2020 represent a broad range of issues which, if adequately addressed, will improve the health of the Nation.

Health Indicators Warehouse (HIW)

National Center for Health Statistics

The purpose of the HIW is to:

provide a single, user-friendly, source for national, state, and community health indicators;

meet needs of multiple population health initiatives;

facilitate harmonization of indicators across initiatives;

link indicators with evidence-based interventions; and serve as the data hub for the HHS Community Health Data Initiative, a flagship HHS open government initiative to release data; encourage innovative application development; and catalyze change to improve community health.

State Injury Indicators Reports

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The State Injury Indicator (SII) Reports present injury data voluntarily collected by state health departments. The reports consolidate data from hospital records, death certificates, and several national surveillance systems and provide the rates of various injuries and related factors.

Standards and Indicators for

Local Health Department

Injury and Violence

Prevention Programs

National Association of

County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Safe States Alliance

The Standards and Indicators (S&I) describe what would exist in a model local health department (LHD) injury and violence prevention program in

rural, suburban, and urban jurisdictions. The standards, indicators, and methods of documentation are not inclusive but are meant to help the LHD IVP program review its current efforts and identify potential areas for strengthening the

program and future growth.

The Community Guide

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.

Injury Prevention, Violence Prevention, and Trauma Care: Building the Scientific Base

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) provides information on the progress that has been made in developing the science of injury prevention and control, creating surveillance systems to capture injury mechanisms and intent, and establishing a scientific framework to address injury prevention and treatment.

Injury and Violence Prevention:

Policy Lessons from The Field

American Public Health Association (APHA)

This document was written for public health practitioners working in the field of injury and violence prevention. It provides a concise overview of the role of policy in furthering injury and violence prevention goals.

Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health – Injury and Violence Prevention

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

This website provides tools and resources to assist health officials in making informed public policy decisions and in developing approaches to minimize the consequences of unintentional injury and violence in their states.

Public Health Law Research (PHLR) – Injury and Violence Prevention

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This webpage provides evidence briefs, knowledge assets, research results, theory practice/evidence papers, and critical opportunities related to injury and violence prevention.

Developing Policies

to Prevent Injuries and

Violence: Guidelines for Policy-Makers and Planners

World Health Organization (WHO)

The document describes the necessary steps for creating an injury and violence prevention policy instrument. It also explains the rationale behind the need for such tools, the importance of the health sector in their development and the link between policies and legislation.

Criteria for Selection of High-Performing Indicators

Dr. Goldie MacDonald

This document is a checklist that includes practice-based criteria to be considered in the selection of indicators for use in monitoring and evaluation.

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Developing Data Collection Tools

Community Tool Box - Chapter 38: Some Methods for Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Public Health Law Research (PHLR) Methods

 

(Wagenaar AC, Burris, S. (2013). Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods. Jossey-Bass.)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

PHLR Methods Resources explain the scientific methods used to conduct research on the impact laws of laws and legal practices on public health. These categories follow the stages of a project from the development of the research questions and design of the study, through the collection of data, to analysis. Most of the resources in this section are chapters from PHLR’s book, “Public Health Law Research: Theory & Methods.”

Developing Evaluation Questions: A practical guide for engaging stakeholders in developing evaluation questions.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This document provides information, tools and practices that contribute to useful, relevant and credible evaluation findings.

How to Write a Good Survey: A link to useful tips for survey-writing by SurveyMonkey in a concise yet informative format.

SurveyMonkey

This webpage provides useful tips for writing good survey questions.

Conducting a Focus Group: A link to an informative yet simple outline on how to conduct a focus group, including effective and practical tips to ensure a smooth and result-yielding focus group.

Professor Glenn Blank

A link to an informative yet simple outline on how to conduct a focus group, including effective and practical tips to ensure a smooth and result-yielding focus group.

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Population Sampling

Office of Management and Budget, Standards and Guidelines for Statistical Surveys

Whitehouse.gov

This document provides 20 standards that apply to Federal censuses and surveys whose

statistical purposes include the description, estimation, or analysis of the characteristics of

groups, segments, activities, or geographic areas in any biological, demographic, economic, environmental, natural resource, physical, social, or other sphere of interest.

Determining Sample Size

Scott M. Smith, Ph.D.

This document provides information on how to ensure you get the correct sample size.

Sampling: The Basics

Laerd Dissertation

This webpage explains the key terms and basic principles of sampling. It also provides links to other useful articles that can be used to further enhance your sampling capabilities.

Population Sampling Techniques

Laerd Dissertation

This document defines and describes a variety of population sampling methods and is based on information developed by Laerd Dissertation.

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Qualitative Data Analysis

CDC Evaluation Brief: Analyzing Qualitative Data for Evaluation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This brief focuses on analyzing qualitative data that your program has collected. It includes an overview of qualitative data; how to plan for qualitative data analysis; how to analyze qualitative data; and the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative data.

Evaluability Assessment to Improve Public Health Programs: Evaluability assessment is a pre-evaluation activity designed to maximize the chances that any subsequent evaluation of programs, practices, or policies will result in useful information.

The Annual Review of Public Health

 

This article describes the process of conducting an evaluability assessment, provides helpful examples, and also describes how evaluability assessment can benefit public health in five ways, including building evaluation capacity, translating evidence-based research models into practice, and serving the core public health functions of planning and assurance.

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Quantitative Analysis

Evaluability Assessment to Improve Public Health Programs: Evaluability assessment is a pre-evaluation activity designed to maximize the chances that any subsequent evaluation of programs, practices, or policies will result in useful information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This brief focuses on analyzing quantitative data that your program has collected. It includes an overview of quantitative data; planning quantitative data analysis; conducting quantitative data analysis; and advantages and disadvantages of using quantitative data.

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Writing Evaluation Reports

Basics of Good Evaluation Reporting

University of Wisconsin-Extension

This document gives helpful tips that can be used when creating evaluation reports.

Developing an Effective Evaluation Report: Setting the course for effective program evaluation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This workbook was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s)Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), and ICF International as part of a series of technical assistance workbooks for use by program managers and evaluators. The workbooks are intended to offer guidance and facilitate capacity building on a wide range of evaluation topics

Injury Prevention & Control - Policy Evaluation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The webpage offers briefs and related appendices intended to provide an increased understanding of the concepts and methodologies of policy evaluation.

Community Tool Box – Chapter 6: Communications to Promote Interest

Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Injury Prevention & Control – Story Builder

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A helpful link to building a "successful" success story from CDC along with two PDF examples and a template for getting off to a great start when creating your own document.

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Disseminating Evaluation Results and Findings

Injury Prevention Policy Brief – Bicycle Laws: Protecting Young Minds

 

 

Issue Brief: Youth Suicide in Indiana

Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership

 

 

 

The Indiana Youth Institute

Two injury/health related policy/issue briefs that are examples of good organization of information, formatting, and clarity, making it easier for policy makers to read, understand, and hopefully implement.

Dissemination of Evaluation Findings

Australian Institute of Family Studies

This webpage provides information on different avenues of dissemination, and offers tips on how to compose various types of evaluation reports.

Module 7: Dissemination and Utility of Evaluation Findings

Unite For Sight

The resource provides greater details on the goals and objectives of proper dissemination techniques and utilization of findings.

Developing an Effective Evaluation Report: Setting the course for effective program evaluation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This workbook was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s)Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), and ICF International as part of a series of technical assistance workbooks for use by program managers and evaluators. The workbooks are intended to offer guidance and facilitate capacity building on a wide range of evaluation topics.

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Managing an Evaluation Process

Community Tool Box – Chapter 15: Becoming an Effective Manager.

Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

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Economics Analysis

Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States (MV PICCS) 2.0

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This CDC webpage offers a newly updated interactive calculator, called the Motor Vehicle PICCS (Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), pronounced “picks”. This tool will help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 14 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions.

Estimating the Costs of Unintentional Injuries, 2012

National Safety Council

This white paper demonstrates how the actual costs to society of deaths and injuries can be estimated for a community or state.

Global Health Protection and Security - Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) framework makes surveillance and laboratory data more usable, helping public health managers and decision-makers improve detection and response to the leading causes of illness, death and disability in African countries.

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Other Cost Analysis/Cost Effectiveness Resources (related to program evaluation)

Public Health Economics and Tools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The webpage demonstrates how CDC uses economics to identify, measure, value, and compare the costs and consequences of alternative prevention strategies.

Five-Part Webcast on Economic Evaluation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This webcast series is designed to help you understand the value of economic evaluation and how to incorporate these methods into your programs. The five-part webcast will assist you in choosing the appropriate economic analysis for your heart disease and stroke prevention program or policy.

CDC Coffee Break: Conducting a Cost Analysis

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This document introduces the basics of conducting a cost analysis.

Guide to Analyzing the Cost-Effectiveness of Community Public Health Prevention Approaches

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

This guide provides practical advice to help program managers and evaluators understand, design, and perform cost-effectiveness (CE) evaluations of community public health prevention programs.

At What Price? Benefit-Cost Analysis and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Program Evaluation

Harvard Family Research Project

This document provides helpful information to use when deciding between cost-effectiveness analysis and benefit-cost analysis.

Cost-Effective Analysis

Unite For Sight

The webpage provides details on the benefits and limitations of cost-effective analysis.

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Secondary Data Sources

WISQARS™ — Your source for U.S. Injury Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources.

Inventory of National Injury Data Systems

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This webpage offers a list of 45 different federal data systems operated by 16 different agencies and 3 private injury registry systems that provide nationwide injury-related data.

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Other Resources to Consider

Sexual Violence Prevention: Measures to Evaluate a Bystander Campaign

The Safe States Alliance

Collection of resources to help the 2015 Safe States Connecticut Evaluation Team develop evidenced-based survey items to measure the effectiveness of its sexual violence prevention campaign, the Where Do You Stand? Connecticut (WDYS? CT) Campaign, to increase prevention of all forms of sexual violence.

Child Passenger Safety: Systematic Reviews of Interventions

The Safe States Alliance

Collection of articles to help the 2015 Safe States Vermont Evaluation Team develop evidenced-based measures to assess the effectiveness of its Child Passenger Safety program to increase rates of correct child restraint seat use.

Teen Graduated Licensing

The Safe States Alliance

This webpage contains a link to an article entitled "Teen Crashes Declined After Massachusetts Raised Penalties for Graduated Licensing Law Restricting Night Driving" providing a good example of the effectiveness of graduated licensing laws.

Teen Driver Education – Parent Night Evaluation Tool

The Safe States Alliance

Collection of articles to help the 2015 Safe States Utah Evaluation Team develop an evidenced-based survey tool to measure the effectiveness of the parent-focused program to increase teen driver safety.

An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Value of Community-Based Prevention

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Brief on the Institute of Medicine's integrated framework to assess the value of community-based, non-clinical prevention policies and wellness strategies in effort to enhance decision making about which prevention activities and interventions are worthwhile.

Global Health Protection and Security - Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) framework makes surveillance and laboratory data more usable, helping public health managers and decision-makers improve detection and response to the leading causes of illness, death and disability in African countries.

Evaluaction

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This webpage provides an introduction into evaluation and includes topics such as: the importance of evaluation, myths, framework, and evaluation do’s and don’ts.

Understanding Evidence

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

An interactive web resource for public health practitioners, which provides training and tools for integrating all three forms of evidence into prevention decisions.

Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This document is a “how to” guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities. The manual, based on CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health, is intended to assist managers and staff of public, private, and community public health programs to plan, design, implement and use comprehensive evaluations in a practical way.

Program Evaluation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Developed by the CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO), this website provides users with tools, resources, and links to explore the various aspects related to evaluation, such as: framework, steps, standards, conducting strong evaluations, framework-based materials, a self-study guide, and other evaluation resources.

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