Designing Evaluations for What Communities Value

When: August 27, 2014 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Global Health, Select Populations and Health Equity, Public Health
Activity: Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety
Board: Board on Global Health


The Institute of Medicine will host a meeting to catalyze a conversation about re-envisioning how we evaluate community health initiatives using designs that better match their purpose, advantages, and realities.

During this meeting, we hope to accomplish the following:

1. Share community perspectives on creating health. A large part of the meeting will consist of listening to and working with an example community to illustrate ways of ensuring that interventions and evaluations are consistent with their aims.

2. Share approaches to designing evaluations. This meeting will focus on the process of designing an evaluation, including determining who will be influenced by the results of an evaluation, the questions we want to answer, and how to answer them. The meeting will be an opportunity to learn about and discuss some examples of robust evaluation approaches, many of which are used successfully outside the health sector but have not yet been as widely adopted for health interventions.

This meeting does not delve into the details of specific methodologies, but focuses on planning a road map to help select among methodologies with different comparative advantages to get the best fit for different kinds of evaluation aims. The meeting will highlight that there are multiple good practices in evaluation design that can be applied to community health initiatives, rather than a single best practice or ideal design.

3. Foster connections among people who want to think differently about health evaluation. We hope that this meeting connects people who have the collective insight and influence necessary to forge new pathways in health evaluation.

4. Explore ideas for future related topics. If new evaluation designs are to become well-accepted and lead to smarter investments, what will interested participants need to learn about and do next?


Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have evaluation experience or expertise to contribute. We are eager to have a variety of perspectives shaping the evaluation designs that ultimately will affect the communities in which we all live.

Participant spots are limited. If you attempt to register and find that all space has been filled, please email Leigh Carroll ( to be added to the waiting list. If you register and later find out you won't be able to make it, please email Leigh so that we can offer your spot to someone else. This meeting will be interactive and participant driven, so if you register we ask that you commit to attending for the full day.


The IOM thanks Pritpal S. Tamber from the Creating Health Incubation Group and Rick Brush from HICCup for the insight and input they contributed to planning this event. 

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