Program evaluation is essential to public health. The Monitoring and evaluation in public health pdf for Disease Control and Prevention sets standards for evaluation, develops evaluation tools and resources, and provides support for evaluation capacity-building.
CDC has a deep and long-standing commitment to the use of data for decision making, as well as the responsibility to describe the outcomes achieved with its public health dollars. Strong program evaluation can help us identify our best investments as well as determine how to establish and sustain them as optimal practice. We have to have a healthy obsession with impact. To always be asking ourselves what is the real impact of our work on improving health?