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Health Promot Pract. 2007 Oct;8(4):323-31. Epub 2007 Aug 28.

The program success story: a valuable tool for program evaluation.

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  • 1Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA. rlavinghouze@cdc.gov

Abstract

Success stories are evaluation tools that have been used by professionals across disciplines for quite some time. They are also proving to be useful in promoting health programs and their accomplishments. The increasing popularity of success stories is due to the innovative and effective way that they increase a program's visibility, while engaging potential participants, partners, and funders in public health efforts. From the community level to the federal level, program administrators are using success stories as vehicles for celebrating achievements, sharing challenges, and communicating lessons learned. Success stories are an effective means to move beyond the numbers and connect to readers-with a cause they can relate to and want to join. This article defines success stories and provides an overview of several types of story formats, how success stories can be systematically collected, and how they are used to communicate program success.

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