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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2004 Jun;13(5):625-33.

Evaluation of public health demonstration programs: the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of WISEWOMAN.

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  • 1RTI International, Health, Social and Economics Research, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, USA.



In today's healthcare environment, public health resources are scarce. Thus, interventions to improve the public's health must be rigorously evaluated to ensure that they make the best use of available resources.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a general framework for program evaluation. This paper presents additional details on several key evaluation areas within CDC's framework.


Successful evaluations will be built into the program design; will be multifaceted, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods; will assess both process and outcome measures; and will engage stakeholders to ensure utility of results.


Well-planned evaluations can lead to less burdensome yet more effective assessment and better program performance and can increase the knowledge base for health promotion practice.

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