Research and Evaluation

NNPHI staff and its member institutes have extensive experience in implementing program monitoring and evaluation systems for a wide variety of public health programs across a variety of public health topics at the local, state, and national levels, including:
  • Performance management and quality improvement
  • Community assessment / improvement planning
  • Health disparities / Health equity
  • Obesity prevention
  • Healthy eating / Active living
  • Food safety
  • Chronic disease
  • Maternal and child health
  • Tobacco-free living 
  • Built environment
  • Health information technology / Health informatics
  • Primary care health systems development

Collectively, our work in evaluation and monitoring contributes to program development, continuous quality improvement, efficiencies, effectiveness, and accountability. A network-wide commitment to translation and dissemination of research and evaluation findings leads to improved public health practice and community health. From collaboration on program design to the translation and dissemination of research and evaluation findings, NNPHI and its members are involved in all aspects of program monitoring and evaluation. 

NNPHI Research and Evaluation Programs:
  • Public Health Services and Systems Research: Since 2009, NNPHI has provided support for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) program. In this role, NNPHI facilitates several PHSSR calls for proposals, provides technical assistance to applicants and grantees, and coordinates grants management. 

  • Evaluation of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative: In close collaboration with colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) and national partners, NNPHI is implementing evaluation strategies to examine the achievements and impact of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII). The purposes of the NPHII program, as stated in the original funding opportunity announcement (FOA), are to provide support for innovative changes in key areas that improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the public health infrastructure and that will support the delivery of public health services and programs as specified within Affordable Care Act.

  • Prevention Status Reports: Leveraging the evaluation capabilities of the NNPHI members and OSTLTS leadership, NNPHI will conduct a mixed-methods evaluation to assess the quality, utility, use, and effects of the Prevention Status Reports (PSRs). The evaluation will be designed to:
  1. Document the quality, utility, use, and impact of CDC’s approach to provide information on the status of each state’s public health policies and practices through the PSRs;
  2. Inform programmatic improvements; and
  3. Maximize the use of existing data and resources provided by CDC and minimize duplicative data collection efforts.

Additional information on this evaluation work will be included on the NNPHI website after the evaluation kicks off in late 2013.

  • Immunization Evaluation: The Affordable Care Act established the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) to provide expanded and sustained national investments in prevention and public health, to improve health outcomes, and to enhance health care quality. CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) awarded funding to 64 state, local and territorial health departments to achieve immunization related performance goals during 2012 and 2013.

    In 2012, PPHF funds were provided to awardees to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and/or quality of immunization practices by strengthening the immunization information technology, building capacity for public health department insurance billing, and expanding immunization delivery partnerships so that more children, adolescents, and adults are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2013, funds were provided to awardees to support efforts to plan, develop, and maintain a public health workforce that helps assure high immunization coverage levels, low incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, and maintain or improve the ability to respond to public health threats.

    Each awardee was allotted a certain time period to complete the objectives of their projects and to expend the awarded funds. However, due to various technical, political, financial and/or policy issues, awardees are having challenges completing their projects. Through a cooperative agreement with CDC, NNPHI has been funded to conduct an evaluation to identify successful practices and challenges experienced by the awardees and gather information about program implementation issues and opportunities for improvement. 


For more information, please contact Nikki Rider, Associate Director, Research and Evaluation; Erica Johnson, Program Manager; at .

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