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.