Highlights of Selected Evaluations From the Previous Year
In this evaluation report, the Public Health Service (PHS) highlights evaluations of general interest to the public health community and illustrates the diversity of PHS evaluations completed in fiscal year (FY) 1994. Presented in this chapter are summaries of 13 evaluation projects selected by a special panel of the Senior Editorial Advisors, based on criteria identified in appendix C and applied to approximately 40 reports nominated by PHS Agencies. These criteria are--
- Is the report important? Does it address a significant issue or problem for which evaluation would help to confirm or to change program direction, or to measure program impact? Are the findings likely to be useful and generalizable?
- Is the report methodologically sound? Are its concepts, designs, data collection, and analyses conducted and reported in a competent manner?
- Is the report faithful to the data? Do the conclusions and recommendations logically follow from the data and analyses, and are they relevant to the questions asked?
The 13 evaluations selected by the panel are summarized here in the following categories:
- Access to Health Care for Special Populations
- Adolescent Health Problems
- Environmental Health
- Public Health Infrastructure
Each summary includes a brief abstract; a description of the study, including its purpose, background, methods, findings, and use of results; the names of any publications that resulted; and the name and address of the person to contact for additional information.