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Evaluating Utah's IBIS-PH as a community health assessment and planning tool

Tong Zheng, MS and Lois M. Haggard, PhD. Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health, Box 142101, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2101, 801-538-6458, tzheng@utah.gov

Utah uses a variety of techniques and tools to evaluate our community assessment web tools. Web log analysis provides process measures of how frequently the IBIS website is being used, and which parts of the site are used most frequently. User surveys provide further process information on user-friendliness of the web interface, and also indicate how the information is being used in public health decisions and program planning. The impacts of having community health assessment information available is appraised chiefly by anecdotal reports. The relationship of these various sources of evaluation information can be clarified by organizing them within a framework that depicts the community health assessment program goals, activities, outputs, and desired community outcomes. Utah's methodological techniques, tools, and evaluation results will be described in the context of that framework.

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Keywords: Data/Surveillance, Evaluation

Related Web page: ibis.health.utah.gov

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

Where Data Meets Practice: Evaluating Community Health Assessments

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA