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Evaluation guide : fundamentals of evaluating partnerships
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    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.), Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ;
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    "Background In 1998, the U.S. Congress provided funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to initiate a national, state-based program, the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) Program. State health departments are eligible for funds at two levels, Capacity Building (CB) and Basic Implementation (BI). Capacity Building states convene a state partnership, define the state's heart disease and stroke burden, develop a comprehensive state plan, and provide training and technical assistance for partners. Basic Implementation states receive additional funding to implement heart disease and stroke prevention policy and system changes to improve the quality of care, improve emergency response, improve control of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, increase knowledge of signs and symptoms, and eliminate disparities. Because many factors increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke, state-based programs must use strategies that target multiple risk factors in many different settings, including health care settings, work sites, and communities. Purpose The evaluation guides are a series of evaluation technical assistance tools developed by the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) for use by state HDSP programs. The guides clarify approaches to and methods of evaluation, provide examples specific to the scope and purpose of state HDSP programs, and recommend resources for additional reading. The guides are intended to offer guidance and a consistent definition of terms. The guides are also intended to aid in skill building on a wide range of general evaluation topics while recognizing that state HDSP programs differ widely in their experience with, and resources for, program evaluation. Although the guides were developed for use by state HDSP programs, the information will also benefit other state health department programs, especially chronic disease programs. State Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) programs may find the guides useful for evaluation activities as well. The guides supplement existing program guidance and program evaluation documents such as the CDC State Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Evaluation Framework, which is available on the Internet at http:// www.cdc.gov/DHDSP/library/evaluation_framework/index.htm. As they are developed, guides are posted on the DHDSP website at (http://www.cdc.gov/ DHDSP/state_program/evaluation_guides/index.htm). State program staff are encouraged to provide feedback to the Applied Research and Evaluation Branch on the usefulness of the guides and to suggest additional guide topics." - p. [v]

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