Evidence-Based Decisionmaking for Community Health Programs

Evidence-Based Decisionmaking for Community Health Programs

Evidence-Based Decisionmaking for Community Health Programs

Evidence-Based Decisionmaking for Community Health Programs

Synopsis

A literature review was conducted to ascertain what types of evidence concerning community-based health program effectiveness and costs were available. Focus groups and telephone interviews were conducted with persons involved in community-based health program funding decisions to learn how decisions were made and what types of information were used to support those decisions.

Excerpt

This report explores how scientific evidence can help inform decisions about the funding and evaluation of community-based health interventions. It should interest persons and organizations that fund or implement community-based health programs, particularly those who want to understand more about program evaluation and how evaluative data can be used to make program decisions.

The research reported here arose from discussions between rand staff and Arnold Tiemeyer, Vice President of Community Services for Main Line Health System in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about how today's health care systems make decisions about community-based health interventions. a recurrent question was whether foundations and other funders used evidence-based approaches to decide which programs to fund and whether they routinely assessed the success of community-based programs. This study was supported by the Main Line Health System with additional funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This report was written while Raynard Kington was a Senior Natural Scientist at rand.

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