Performance Improvement 2001. Formative Research on the Community Guide to Preventive Services


The U.S. Public Health Service commissioned a Task Force on Community Preventive Services to develop a Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide). The Guidel summarizes what is known about the effectiveness of population-based interventions for prevention and control. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in an effort to create greater access to the Guide, developed an online version. The primary target audience will be people involved in the planning, funding, and implementation of population-based services and policies to improve health at the community and state levels. This project's goal was to interview potential members of the target audience after they reviewed the Guide's web site and ask them to provide feedback as to its usefulness to them and their organization and the types of information they hoped to glean from the web site. The majority of interviewees rated the web site an 8, 9 or 10 (very helpful) with an average of 8.2 because of its easy navigation, event listing, and the search function. Most respondents found the site useful, informative, and easy to use. The features of the site, such as the search function and the searchable databases, most found very helpful and useful. The features most would like to see added to the site included an alerts of updates; direct links to other web sites within chapters; and direct links to journals for references.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Public Health Practice Program Office

FEDERAL CONTACT: Pomeroy Sinnock, 770-488-2469

PIC ID: 7043

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ