Introduction to process evaluation in tobacco use prevention and control
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Introduction to process evaluation in tobacco use prevention and control

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    "Tobacco use in the United States is the single most preventable cause of death and disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health (CDC/OSH) created the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) to foster and support coordinated, nationwide, state-based activities to advance its mission to reduce disease, disability, and death related to tobacco use. This manual is intended to provide process evaluation technical assistance to OSH staff, grantees and partners. It defines process evaluation and describes the rationale, benefits, key data collection components, and program evaluation management procedures. It also discusses how process evaluation links with outcome evaluation and fits within an overall approach to evaluating comprehensive tobacco control programs. Previous CDC initiatives have provided resources for designing outcome evaluations. (See, for example, the CDC framework depicted in Exhibit 1-1.) This manual complements CDC's approach to outcome evaluation by focusing on process evaluation as a way to document and measure implementation of NTCP programs. The content of this manual reflects the priorities of CDC/OSH for program monitoring and evaluation, and augments two other CDC/OSH publications: Key Outcome Indicators for Evaluating Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs3 and Introduction to Program Evaluation for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs."- p. 1

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Introduction to Process Evaluation in Tobacco Use Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2008. Available at:

    CDC-INFO Pub ID 2999177

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    Includes bibliographical references (p. 59).

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