Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What is a Consistent Taxonomy and Process for Identifying Best Practices?


A cross-agency workgroup reviewed the literature to identify definitions, models and frameworks for classifying evidence, including best practices. The workgroup's products have been influential in several settings and widely disseminated. A three-stage pilot test was conducted to identify and inform improvements to the draft processes and tools developed to evaluate recommended public health practices. The evaluation of the pilot test included quantitative and qualitative methods (surveys, focus groups and interviews).

Healthy People 2020 is using the evidentiary component of the framework. The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program is using the framework's criteria for public health impact to determine which practices are ready for evaluation. The framework has also been adapted for use in evaluating policies for use in reducing hypertension and stroke.

Report Title: Pilot Test of the Best Practices Conceptual Framework
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Thomas Chapel, 404-639-2116
Performer: CDC Intramural
Record ID: 10209 (September 30, 2012)

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