Planning, Assessment, Outcomes & Evaluation Resources
American Health Planning Association
A non-profit organization committed to the creation of health policies and systems which assure access for all people to quality care at a reasonable cost.
American Public Health Association - Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section
Seeks to promote planning and policy analysis as essential elements in the betterment of the public health at the national, state, community and organizational levels.
Asset-Based Community Development Institute
Shares findings on capacity-building community development: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets.
CDC Evaluation Working Group
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Evaluation Working Group promotes program evaluation in public health. The site includes evaluation steps and standards, and links to logic models, performance improvement tools and much more.
Civic Practices Network, a Learning Collaborative for Civic Renewal
Exercises a commitment to bring practical methods for public problem solving into every community and institutional setting in America. Provides case studies, training manuals, best practice guides, and evaluative tools.
Collaborative Goal Setting Guide
Define goals that you and your stakeholder partners wish to achieve, with attention to the nature of collaborative relationships and accountability. [Adobe Acrobat file]
Communities That Care® Youth Survey and Prevention Strategies
Research-based youth development tools developed by Hawkins and Catalano at the University of Washington, Seattle and sold by the Channing Bete Company.
Community Health Project Development Model
This model presents a simple exercise to assist in organizing projects and collaborative initiatives into thorough, clear and outcomes-based project plans. [Adobe Acrobat file]
Community Health Project Development Template
This template, a companion to the Community Health Project Development Model above, is an easy-to-use format for recording and communicating an outcomes-based project plan. Download the Template in either an Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word version.
The Community Toolbox
Practical guidance for improving community health and development. There are over 3,000 downloadable pages of specific, skill-building information on over 150 community topics.
Determining the Value of Community Health Improvement
A framework to help heath care organizations and their communities determine and measure the value of community health programs. [VHA Foundation, 1997]
The Evaluation Exchange
Harvard Family Research Project's quarterly evaluation periodical addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, with articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field.
Healthy People 2010 Toolkit
A field guide to health planning developed by the Public Health Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health and Human Services.
Identifying Outcomes and Indicators
This educational module presents a discussion and several exercises to assist in the creation of target outcome statements and appropriate indicators for community health and healthy communities goals. [Adobe Acrobat file]
Innovation Network’s Point K Learning Center
Offers collaborative tools and resources for assessment, planning, and program improvement. Thousands of nonprofits, funders, and consultants worldwide use Point K for program planning, evaluation, and capacity building. Free registration is required.
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)
Promotes the development of local health systems that assure essential health services delivery and protect the public's health. Developed by the National Association of City and County Health Officials.
National Association of Planning Councils
A national non-profit organization that promotes high quality community planning and supports its members as they provide leadership for community-based human services and health.
Outcomes and Program Planning Worksheet for Agencies
A practical, step-by-step worksheet for applying an outcomes model to a community services organization and its programs. Download the Template in either an Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word version. Adapted by The Healthcare Forum Foundation from Bethel New Life of Chicago, Illinois.
Research, tools and tips on promoting caring and responsible youth through developmental assets.
Systems Thinking for Community Improvement
This educational module presents an overview of systems thinking principles and examples and exercises for their application in community health and healthy communities work. [Adobe Acrobat file]
World Health Organization Health Impact Assessment (HIA) website
This site provides user-friendly access to international examples of HIA practice and key documents, tools and methods, evaluations, links with individual-nation HIA websites, and highlights relevant HIA work within WHO, Regional Offices and Collaborating Centres.
Data Collection and Information Management Plan Template [Adobe Acrobat file]
Using Data: A Guide for Community Health Activists (The Access Project) [Adobe Acrobat file]
Outcomes Measurement - General
The Center for What Works
Strives to create a new space within the nonprofit sector where nonprofit practitioners, funders, new economy investors and academics can share and analyze information to improve the effectiveness of mission-driven services.
Outcome Measurement Module of the Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Tool
Developed by The Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of Wisconsin Extension, this is a comprehensive, interactive guide to help organizations design and execute effective outcomes measurement systems.
Outcome Measurement Resource Network
The United Way of America's resource center for outcome measurement tools and related learning opportunities.
Results and Performance Accountability at the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute
Don't let the name fool you! The Institute helps non-profit and public organizations measurably improve the well-being of the people they serve. Many free downloadable tools.
Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation StudiesAn Ohio State University site promoting multidisciplinary health outcomes, policy, and evaluation studies.
Center for Health Quality Outcomes and Economic Research
Focuses on the research, development and use of patient-centered outcomes measures in the veteran population.
Center for Health Services Research of Henry Ford Health System
Seeks to explore and discover the underlying causal relationships that affect the effectiveness and efficiency of the provision of health care.
The ESRC Centre for Evidence in Ethnicity, Health and Diversity (CEEHD)
Has been established as part of the ESRC research programme on evidence-based policy and practice. The Centre is located in two academic centres, the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHESS) at the University of Warwick and The Mary Seacole Research Centre (MSRC) at De Montfort University, Leicester.
European Research Group on Health Outcomes
Guidelines for choosing appropriate health outcomes measurement instruments.
Health Outcomes Assessment Program
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Health Outcomes Assessment Program is a multi-disciplinary team of quality-of-life researchers who both coordinate the measurement of health outcomes as well as improve the technology of outcomes assessment.
Improving Health Outcomes - The Wessex Institute
Describes how health authorities can successfully tackle the assessment and improvement of health outcomes through examples shown in case studies.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Offers resources and services to help health care organizations make dramatic and long-lasting improvements that enhance clinical outcomes and reduce costs.
Measuring Program Outcomes: Evaluating the Impact of Community Health Improvement
Guidance from a learning collaborative to evaluate the impact of community health improvement programs. [VHA Foundation, 2001]
Medical Outcomes Trust
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health and health care by promoting the science of outcomes measurement, and the development, evaluation and distribution of standardized, high quality instruments that measure health and the outcomes of medical care.
New Zealand Health Outcomes and Health Technology Assessment
Identifies effective health care interventions and technologies to help facilitate evidence-based policy making.
Program on Health Outcomes at UNC Chapel Hill
Responds to the growing need in health care to measure and improve the "outcomes" of care - the quality, effectiveness and value of today's health interventions.