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

Journal Article (Journal Article)


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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Finkelstein, EA; Wittenborn, JS; Farris, RP

Published Date

  • June 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 625 - 633

PubMed ID

  • 15257854

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1931-843X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1540-9996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/1540999041281043


  • eng