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Healthy Teen Network and ETR Associates. n.d.. Weaving science & practice: Frequently asked questions about science-based approaches. Baltimore, MD: Healthy Teen Network, 20 pp.

Annotation: This document describes seven science-based approaches in adolescent pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infection prevention. Topics include assessment, health education and behavior change theory, logic models, science-based programs, adaptation and fidelity, characteristics of promising programs, and process and outcome evaluation. Additional topics include the benefits of using science-based approaches, ten steps for getting to outcomes, and training and technical assistance.

Contact: Healthy Teen Network, 1501 Saint Paul Street, Suite 124, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: (410) 685-0410 Fax: (410) 687-0481 E-mail: info@healthyteennetwork.org Web Site: http://www.healthyteennetwork.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent pregnancy prevention, Assessment, Behavior modification, HIV, Health behavior, Health education, Methods, Models, Outcome evaluation, Prevention programs, Process evaluation, Sexually transmitted diseases

Sama-Miller E, Akers L, Mraz-Esposito A, Zukiewicz M, Avellar S, Paulsell D, Del Grosso P. 2017. Home visiting evidence of effectiveness review: Executive summary. Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 20 pp. (OPRE report no. 2017-29)

Annotation: This document provides an overview of the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review process and a summary of the review results. Contents include a summary of evidence of effectiveness by model and outcome domain, a summary of implementation guidelines for program models with evidence of effectiveness, and a discussion of gaps in the home visiting research literature. The appendix contains a list of the program models reviewed.

Contact: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W., Seventh Floor West, Washington, DC 20447, Web Site: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre Available from the website.

Keywords: Home visiting, MCH research, Model programs, Outcome and process assessment, Treatment effectiveness evaluation

Chazin S, Glover J. 2017. A community framework for addressing social determinants of oral health for low-income populations. Hamilton, NJ: Center for Health Care Strategies, 11 pp. (Technical assistance brief)

Annotation: This brief describes a framework for assessing social determinants related to oral health and creating partnerships to improve oral health among children from families with low incomes. Topics include identifying the social determinants of oral health in a community, mapping and mobilizing community resources through partnership, selecting approaches to take action, and evaluating implementation and impact. Contents include example indicators potentially related to oral health, intervention metrics, and how the framework was applied to select an intervention.

Contact: Center for Health Care Strategies, 200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 119, Hamilton, NJ 08619, Telephone: (609) 528-8400 Fax: (609) 586-3679 E-mail: Web Site: http://www.chcs.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Case studies, Collaboration, Community coordination, Community participation, Low income groups, Models, Needs assessment, Oral health, Outcome evaluation, Process evaluation, Program planning, Public private partnerships, Relationships, Resource allocation

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. An evidence framework for genetic testing. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 148 pp.

Annotation: This report presents findings on the evidence base for different types of genetic tests for patient management and provides recommendations to advance the development of an adequate evidence base for genetic tests to improve patient care and treatment. Contents include information about the uses of genetic testing; ethical, legal, and social implications; assessment of genetic tests; evidence; and recommendations for research and a framework for decision making related to the use of genetic tests in clinical care.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Decision making, Disease management, Evaluation methods, Genetic screening, Models, Outcome and process assessment, Patient care, Policy development, Research, Screening tests

Dental Quality Alliance. 2016. Procedure manual for performance measure development: A voluntary consensus process. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, 38 pp.

Annotation: This manual documents how the Dental Quality Alliance develops performance measures for oral health care. Topics include the roles of the research and development advisory committee and chair, conflict-of-interest procedures, confidentiality, and copyright. The report describes the measure-development process and discusses measure identification, development, evaluation, dissemination, maintenance, and updates.

Contact: American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, Telephone: (312) 440-2500 Fax: (312) 440-7494 E-mail: info@ada.org Web Site: http://www.ada.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental care, Disease management, Disease prevention, Group processes, Health care utilization, Information dissemination, Measures, Oral health, Outcome and process assessment, Preventive health services, Program development, Program evaluation, Quality assurance

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Children's Dental Health Project, and DentaQuest Foundation. 2016. Improving oral health measurement systems: Stakeholder feedback project summary report. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, 16 pp.

Annotation: This report describes a project to enlist the advice of advocacy and health professional groups on ways data can help improve the nation's oral health. The report also summarizes recommendations for collecting oral health data on the U.S. population. Contents include background; information about the project process, including participant feedback on the methods and outcomes; and next steps for improving health-measurement systems. A matrix of key oral health measures across the lifespan and a list of participating organizations are also included.

Contact: Children's Dental Health Project, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 833-8288 Fax: (202) 331-1432 E-mail: info@cdhp.org Web Site: https://www.cdhp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Barriers, Data collection, Health status, Measures, Needs assessment, Oral health, Policy development, Population surveillance, Process evaluation, Program improvement, Quality assurance, Surveys, Systems development

U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 2016. Discretionary grant performance measures. Rockville, MD: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 25 pp.

Annotation: This document for recipients of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Discretionary Grant Program contains instructions and forms for submitting performance measure data. Contents include information about the goals, definitions, benchmark and grantee data sources, and significance for each measure by domain; instructions and forms for collecting budget and expenditure data and project abstract and summary data; and forms for tracking project performance and outcome measures.

Contact: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 443-2170 Web Site: https://mchb.hrsa.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Data collection, Federal grants, Forms, MCH programs, MCH research, MCH training, Measures, Outcome and process assessment, Program evaluation, Program improvement, Program planning, Progress reports

John Snow, Inc. 2016. Fostering effective integration of behavioral health and primary care in Massachusetts: Year 1 report. Boston, MA: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, 39 pp.

Annotation: This report synthesizes the activities of 10 primary care and behavioral health organizations with established integration programs in Massachusetts to identify success factors, barriers, challenges, and opportunities for change. Contents include a description of grantee organizations followed by a description of findings related to how they defined success for their integration efforts, perceptions of the critical components of integrated programs, common barriers to integration, and measures used to assess programs. The evaluation framework, a list of the process and outcome data elements collected by grantees, and grantee profiles are appended.

Contact: John Snow, Inc., 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1211, Telephone: (617) 482-9485 Fax: (617) 482-0617 E-mail: jsinfo@jsi.com Web Site: http://www.jsi.com Available from the website.

Keywords: Barriers, Behavior disorders, Behavior problems, Data collection, Demonstration grants, Evaluation methods, Health care delivery, Massachusetts, Measures, Mental health, Model programs, Outcome and process assessment, Primary care, Program evaluation, Program improvement, Quality assurance, Service integration

Kronstadt J, Meit M, Siegfried A, Nicolaus T, Bender K, Corso L. 2016. Evaluating the impact of national public health department accreditation: United States, 2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weeky Report 65(31):803–806,

Annotation: This evaluation is the first to examine the impacts of the national public health accreditation program on quality improvement, management processes, and accountability. Contents include what is already known about this topic, what is added by the report, and what are the implications for public health practice.

Contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Accountability, Accreditation, Employee performance appraisal, Management, Measures, National initiatives, Organizational change, Outcome and process assessment, Program evaluation, Program improvement, Public health agencies, Quality assurance, Standards, Work force

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. 2016. Preparing for the road ahead: Helping young people transition from foster care to adulthood. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 24 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes the successes and vision of a national initiative to help young people transition from foster care and thrive. Contents include information about the initiative's impact, timeline, core strategies, outcome areas, and next steps. The report describes how the initiative is helping young people in foster care achieve critical milestones in permanence, education, employment, financial capability, housing, physical and mental health, and social capital; how the initiative integrates young people's voices into its work; and how it collaborates with national and local partners, policymakers, and young people to create conditions that improve outcomes for youth transitioning to adulthood.

Contact: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: (410) 547-6600 Fax: (410) 547-6624 E-mail: webmail@aecf.org Web Site: http://www.aecf.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescents, Collaboration, Foster care, National initiatives, Outcome and process assessment, Program descriptions, Program evaluation, Public private partnerships, School to work transition, Transition planning, Transition to independent living, Transitions, Young adults, Youth development, Youth in transition programs

Jandu MB, Bourcier E, Choi T, Gould S, Givens M, Heller J, Yuen T. 2016. Equity metrics for health impact assessment practice, version 1. Oakland, CA: Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment, 12 pp.

Annotation: This document describes a set of process and outcome metrics related to promoting equity through health impact assessment (HIA). The metrics emphasize community empowerment through the practice of HIA as a key process for advancing equity. Each metric is accompanied by an identified data source that includes how the process of the HIA engaged and built capacity of communities to increase their influence over decisions within the HIA and in other venues.

Contact: Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment, 304 12th Street, Suite 2B, Oakland, CA 94607, Telephone: (510) 452-9442, ext. 115 Web Site: https://sophia.wildapricot.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Community action, Decision making, Evaluation, Health disparities, Health planning, Measures, Outcome and process assessment

Connecticut Voices for Children. 2016. Independent performance monitoring in the HUSKY Program: Ensuring accountability for scarce state dollars. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Voices for Children, 2 pp.

Annotation: This document reports on aspects of Connecticut’s publicly funded HUSKY Program performance and quality based on findings from independent performance monitoring. Topics include continuity of health insurance coverage and enrollment changes, maternal health and birth outcomes for new families, enrollment and preventive health services use in early childhood, trends in health services access and use, the impact of a federally funded project on maternal and infant oral health services, and data-quality improvement.

Contact: Connecticut Voices for Children, 33 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510, Telephone: (203) 498-4240 Fax: (203) 498-4242 E-mail: voices@ctvoices.org Web Site: http://www.ctvoices.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Connecticut, Early childhood, Enrollment, Evaluation, Financing, Health care utilization, Health insurance, Medicaid, Oral health, Outcome and process assessment, Pregnancy, Preventive health services, Program improvement, Quality assurance, State MCH programs, Trends

Haskins R, Brooks-Gunn J. 2016. Trouble in the land of early childhood education? . Princeton, NJ: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 7 pp. (Policy brief)

Annotation: This brief examines empirical results from evaluations of early childhood education programs, including state pre-K programs. Topics include public support for pre-K; unanswered questions; and efforts to stimulate public discussion of the evidence for pre-K programs and the cumulative experiences that support long-term educational success, synthesize what is known about long-term outcomes of large-scale pre-K programs, and propose an agenda of longitudinal research on the major questions that bear on the future of pre-K education. The brief is a companion piece to Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade.

Contact: Future of Children, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 267 Wallace Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544, Telephone: (609) 258-5894 E-mail: foc@princeton.edu Web Site: http://www.futureofchildren.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Early childhood education, Outcome and process assessment, Policy analysis, Policy development, Program evaluation, Public policy, Research, School readiness, State programs

Lee H, Warren A, Gill L. 2015. Cheaper, faster, better: Are state administrative data the answer? The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start second annual report. Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 3 items. (OPRE report 2015-09)

Annotation: This report details the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start (MIHOPE-Strong Start) process of acquiring administrative vital records and Medicaid data from 20 states and more than 40 state agencies. MIHOPE-Strong Start examines the effectiveness of home visiting services on improving birth and maternal health outcomes for women who are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as their effectiveness at reducing costly health care encounters. The study relies on administrative data to measure infant and maternal health, health care use, and cost outcomes. The MIHOPE-Strong Start experience sheds light on the process of acquiring permission to access such data.

Contact: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W., Seventh Floor West, Washington, DC 20447, Web Site: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre Available from the website.

Keywords: Administrative problems, Children's Health Insurance Program, Confidentiality, Costs, Data collection, Health care utilization, Health status, High risk mothers, Home visiting, Infants, Measures, Medicaid, Multimedia, Outcome and process assessment, Program evaluation

Burroughs M. 2015. Evaluating State Innovation Model (SIM) grant states: A scorecard for consumer advocate engagement. Washington, DC: Families USA, 20 pp.

Annotation: This brief examines best practices for and common challenges to engagement of consumer advocates in state-led health care payment and delivery reform efforts. Contents include the results of an evaluation of consumer advocate engagement in State Innovation Model (SIM) decision-making in the six states that received Round 1 SIM Testing grants: Arkansas, Maine, Masschusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont. Topics include consumer advocate involvement in SIM governance, support for consumer advocates, transparent SIM planning and implementation, and opportunities for public engagement.

Contact: Families USA, 1225 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 628-3030 Fax: (202) 347-2417 E-mail: info@familiesusa.org Web Site: http://www.familiesusa.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Advocacy, Barriers, Consumer surveys, Federal grants, Health care delivery, Health care reform, Model programs, Policy development, Process evaluation, Reimbursement, State initiatives

Chazin S. 2015. Engaging stakeholders to improve dental coverage and access for Medicaid-enrolled adults. Hamilton, NJ: Center for Health Care Strategies, 11 pp.

Annotation: This brief describes the role of stakeholder engagement in adult oral health improvement and key steps that states and others can take to engage stakeholders in advancing oral-health-improvement goals. Topics include assessing engagement history, capacity, and potential; defining engagement objectives, scope, and outputs; identifying stakeholders; analyzing identified stakeholders; identifying engagement strategies; engaging with stakeholders and communicating activities; and evaluating and reporting on the engagement.

Contact: Center for Health Care Strategies, 200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 119, Hamilton, NJ 08619, Telephone: (609) 528-8400 Fax: (609) 586-3679 E-mail: Web Site: http://www.chcs.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adults, Collaboration, Dental insurance, Medicaid, Needs assessment, Oral health, Outcome and process assessment, Program development, Program evaluation, Program improvement, Program planning, Public private partnerships, State programs

Center for Health Care Transition Improvement. 2014. Six core elements of health care transition 2.0. Washington, DC: Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, multiple items.

Annotation: These resources are designed to help health professionals implement and evaluate transition quality improvement. Contents include a document that describes six core elements of health care transition and tools for implementing and evaluating the following three transition processes: (1) transitioning youth to adult health care providers, (2) transitioning to an adult approach to health care without changing providers, and (3) integrating youth into adult health care. Contents include sample policies, registries, transition readiness/self-care assessments, condition fact sheets, medical summary and emergency care plans, transfer letters and checklists, young adult orientation material, care plans, feedback surveys, and measurement approaches. The tools can be adapted and customized for an individual practice. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Got Transition™/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, 1615 M Street, N.W., Suite 290, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 223-1500 Fax: (202) 429-3957 E-mail: info@GotTransition.org Web Site: http://gottransition.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Measures, Patient care planning, Process evaluation, Program improvement, Quality assurance, Special health care needs, Transition planning, Young adults

Albritton E, Edmunds M, Thomas V, Peterson D, Ferry G, Brach C, Bergofsky L. 2014. Engaging stakeholders to improve the quality of children's health care. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 40 pp. (National evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program: Implementation guide no. 1)

Annotation: This guide is designed to help state officials and other program administrators engage and partner with stakeholders in initiatives to improve the quality of child health care. The guide describes a five-step approach to engage stakeholders. Topics include defining the goals, scope, and institutional home of the stakeholder engagement process; determining who to engage; building the stakeholder group structure; convening and disseminating; and assessing the quality and results of the engagement.

Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (301) 427-1364 Web Site: http://www.ahrq.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Children's Health Insurance Program, Demonstration programs, Group processes, Participation, Program evaluation, Program improvement, Quality assurance, State programs

Kilburn MR, ed. 2014. Programs that work, from the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, 534 pp. (RAND tool)

Annotation: This document contains summaries of effective programs and practices for improving child, youth, and family outcomes. Contents include primary evidence criteria; lists of programs by age of child and by type of setting, service, and outcome addressed; and descriptions of programs reviewed for the period 2000 to 2014. Each description includes information on outcome areas, indicators, topic areas, and evidence level (proven or promising); program participants; evaluation methods and key findings; probable implementers and implementation detail; funding; issues to consider; example sites; contact information; resources; and a bibliography.

Contact: Rand Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90407-3208, Telephone: (310) 393-0411 Fax: 310-393-4818 E-mail: correspondence@rand.org Web Site: http://www.rand.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Children, Families, Model programs, Outcome and process assessment, Program descriptions, Program evaluation, Youth

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Associate Director for Policy. 2014. Using evaluation to inform CDC's policy process. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 pp.

Annotation: This document for public health professionals provides information on using evaluation to inform the policy process. Topics include identifying where you are in the policy process and focusing on evaluation, using logic models to describe policy efforts, gathering credible evidence, justifying conclusions, ensuring use of findings and sharing lessons learned, and using evaluation to inform the specific domains of the policy process. Examples are included.

Contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Evaluation methods, Federal agencies, Health policy, Models, Policy development, Process evaluation, Public health

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.