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Evaluation and Research
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Public health evaluation and research means developing and implementing population-based, practice-based research and evaluation of policies, programs, and outcomes to assure that efficient and effective public health interventions are initiated and based on evidence.

Research also helps us monitor the health status of  residents and identify emerging trends, provide research databases and technical assistance in their use, interpret data to inform the public, and disseminate health information about at-risk groups, communities, and the state's population.

These efforts help us set program goals, allocate resources, mobilize support and facilitate program management. We perform feasibility and needs assessments, collect process data, and assess and interpret outcomes that will inform important programmatic and funding decisions. These efforts are an essential organizational practice in public health enabling us to remain accountable and committed to achieving measurable health outcomes.  

Working to strengthen assessment-related skills and practice in epidemiology and data analysis, and health impact assessments. Building community collaboration through community mobilization, participatory methods, partnerships and coalitions.
The Oregon Death with Dignity Act requires the Oregon Health Authority to collect information about the patients and physicians who participate in the Act, and publish an annual statistical report.
We provide evaluation support to county and state programs, initiate and conduct applied research studies, and contract with organizations across the country to improve community health, shape public policy, and reduce health disparities.
The Public Health Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research studies to ensure that the rights and well being of people who are subjects in research are protected.