Public Health Assessment & Program Evaluation

 Why Evaluate?

Last Updated: May 29, 2024

​​​Why Evaluate?

As one of the10 Essential Public Health ServicesExternal Link, the purpose of public health assessment and evaluation is to demonstrate the success or progress of programs, policies, or initiatives; examine their strengths and weaknesses; identify best practices; and improve their design, implementation, effectiveness, and impact.

Program evaluation allows the owner, manager or champion of a program, policy, or initiative to assess execution, and determine whether it achieved intended outcomes and overall impact.  Evaluation is used to:

  • Do things better
  • Make decisions on evidence as opposed to intuition
  • Pull evidence-based best practices and test them in a field environment
  • Adequately allocate resources
  • Proactively identify and fix a wrong before it perpetuates

​Public health program evaluation is not limited to public health entities alone, but also to any entity whose activity stands to impact the public's health in the short- or long-term.  Every entity should therefore evaluate the potential for its activity's impacts on the spiritual, psychological, social, as well as physical health of any population. 

Visit the Public Health Assessment Division page to learn more about DCPH-A driven program evaluation and how you can get involved.​