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

These efforts help us allocate resources, mobilize support and facilitate program management to achieve measurable health outcomes.  

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.
PDES provides 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.