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The Evaluation Toolkit is designed to help user locate resources to assist in documenting and achieving measurable health outcomes. It consists of three components:

  1. An Evaluation Primer that explains the basics of public health evaluations.
  2. A list of Key Resources for use in the development of evaluations.
  3. A Choose and Use Guide for quickly accessing current evaluations and guides for use as promising practices.

Key Resources

Most recent overviews

More Resources more information

Other overviews, alphabetical by author:

Choose and Use Guide

The MCH Library has collected over 1,000 documents that focus on evaluation, many of which were funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We have chosen over 200 of the best and most recent documents for inclusion in this guide.

Use this Choose and Use guide to narrow your search in finding materials most suited for your needs.

Note: checking more boxes below narrows your search. If your search finds "no records," try another search with fewer boxes checked.

Format Evaluation Format

Example (actual evaluations) Instructional (evaluation how-to documents)

Evaluation Type

Evaluation Type

  • Context
  • Formative
  • Impact
  • Longitudinal
  • Outcome
  • Performance/Program
  • Process
  • Quasi/Experimental
  • Statistical
Evaluation Methodology

Evaluation Methodology

  • Case study
  • Chart audit
  • Data analysis
  • Document review
  • Focus group
  • Interview
  • Key informant
  • Logic model
  • Needs assessment
  • Observation
  • Questionnaire/survey/checklist
  • Site visit
Evaluation Population

Evaluation (Target) Population

  • Adolescents (ages 11-21)
  • Elementary-age (ages 5-10)
  • Families
  • Infants (ages birth to age 11 mo)
  • Professionals/health programs
  • Toddlers/pre-K (ages 1-4)
  • Underserved populations
  • Women (including perinatal)
Evaluation Topics

Evaluation Topics

  • Access to health care
  • Early intervention
  • Head Start
  • Health care systems/insurance
  • Health disparities
  • Healthy Start
  • Home visiting
  • Infant mortality
  • Injury/violence prevention
  • Medicaid
  • Mental health/development
  • Nutrition/physical activity
  • Oral health
  • Pilot projects
  • School-based programs
  • Sexuality/pregnancy education
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Sustainability

Note: checking more boxes above narrows your search. If your search finds "no records," try another search with fewer boxes checked.


Simple Search

You can also use the simple search box below to search by a topical keyword that you don't see above (e.g., a specific state, organization, or health initiative).

Note: This box "free text" searches all words in a record, so it will return a broader set of results than using the check boxes above (e.g., searching on "impact" in Simple Search will bring up materials flagged as "impact evaluations" but also materials that have the word "impact" in the record's annotation).

Evaluation Toolkit (July 2013)

Author: John Richards, M.A., AITP, MCH Library
Reviewers: MCHB Evaluation Coordinating Committee, with guidance from James Resnick, M.H.S., U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and Lisa Wright-Solomon, MCHB; Holly Grason, M.S., Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Deborah Perry, Ph.D., Georgetown Center for Child and Human Development; Olivia Pickett, M.L.S., M.A., MCH Library
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library