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HHS 406/506: Program Plan Implementation & Evaluation

This guide supports students enrolled in HHS 406/506: Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

Defining Evidence-Based

"Evidence-based research is the use of prior research in a systematic and transparent way to inform a new study so that it is answering questions that matter in a valid, efficient, and accessible manner."

  • Robinson, K. A., Brunnhuber, K., Ciliska, D., Juhl, C. B., Christensen, R., Lund, H., & Evidence-Based Research Network. (2021). Evidence-Based Research Series-Paper 1: What Evidence-Based Research is and why is it important? Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 129, 151–157.

"Evidence-based practice is the idea that occupational practices ought to be based on scientific evidence.... The goal of evidence-based practice is to eliminate unsound or outdated practices in favor of more-effective ones by shifting the basis for decision making from tradition, intuition, and unsystematic experience to firmly grounded scientific research."

"Evidence-based interventions are strategies that are proven to work." 

"Evidence-based health or public health methods and interventions are practices, procedures, programs, or policies that have been proven effective. The effects are clearly linked to the activities, themselves, not to outside, unrelated events."

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Reviews the concepts of evidence-based public health, including making decisions on the basis of the best available scientific evidence, using data and information systems systematically, applying program-planning frameworks, engaging the community in decision making, conducting sound evaluation, and disseminating what is learned. 

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