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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. finkelse@rti.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

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.

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

PMID:
15257854
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