Evaluability Assessment to Improve Public Health Policies, Programs, and Practices

Leviton, L. C., Khan, L. K., Rog, D., Dawkins, N., & Cotton, D. (2010). Evaluability assessment to improve public health policies, programs, and practices. Annual Review of Public Health, 31, 213–233. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.publhealth.012809.103625

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This method highlights several benefits of evaluability assessment (EA), such as:

  • giving program staff rapid, constructive feedback about program operations
  • assisting with core public health planning and assurance functions by helping to develop realistic objectives providing fast low-resource intense feedback
  • navigating federal requirements
  • moving research into practice
  • moving practice into research to achieve new public health goals

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The method guides users through seven iterative steps:

  1. Identify end users.
  2. Determine the scope of the project.
  3. Conduct stakeholder interviews.
  4. Create or revise the program logic model.
  5. Interview staff for feasibility.
  6. Revise the logic model or theory of change.
  7. Report on program plausibility, development, evaluation feasibility, options for further evaluation and quality of data.

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