Public Health Assessment Division

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‚ÄčThe Public Health Assessment (PHA) Division within the Army Public Health Center was created to provide program evaluation as a unique service.  Public Health Assessment advocates for, builds capacity for, and provides comprehensive program evaluation services to inform evidence-driven public health decision making within the Army Public Health System and improve programs, policies, and environments for the Total Army Family.

Public Health Assessment is conducted using the Program Evaluation Consulation process.  This process involves the systematic collection of information that assists stakeholders to better understand a program, improve its effectiveness, and make decisions about future program planning.

The public health process and principles are used to demonstrate the success or progress of programs, examine their strengths and weaknesses, identify best practices and improve the design and implementation of programs.  Programs focus on addressing behavioral health, social and community-oriented efforts as they pertain to Soldiers, their Families and Communities.  The PHA Division continues to build capacity to respond to requests for program evaluation from broader categories of programs. 

    What PHA Division can do for You

    • Independent Evaluation
    • Subject Matter Expertise
    • Evaluability/Needs Assessment
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis
    • Impartial Recommendations

    How Program Evaluation Is a Benefit to You

    • Verify that you're doing what you think you're doing
    • Improve implementation to be more efficient and less costly
    • Produce evidence that can be used for promoting the program's success
    • Provide data to make valid comparisons between programs
    • Examine and describe effective programs for replication
    • Facilitate leaderships understanding of what the program is about and why resources should be forthcoming

    The Program Evaluation Consultation steps

    Initiate Program Evaluation Consultation

    1. Engage program stakeholders
    2. Assess program evaluability
    3. Notify the Command
    4. Review the literature/Develop evaluation plan
    5. Focus evaluation plan
    6. Establish Authority
    7. Collect and analyze data (qualitative and quantitative)
    8. Brief outcome to stakeholders
    9. Publish public health findings
    10. Establish monitoring plan