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Program evaluation is an essential organizational practice in public health. At CDC, program evaluation supports our agency priorities. When programs conduct strong, practical evaluations on a routine basis, the findings are better positioned to inform their management and improve program effectiveness.

CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO) sets standards and expectations for agency-wide evaluation; delivers tools, technical assistance and resources to enhance evaluation efforts; and provides support for evaluation capacity-building across CDC programs.

CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health has provided a set of steps and standards for practical evaluation by programs and partners. While the focus is public health programs, the approach can be generalized to any evaluation effort.

CDC Evaluation Fellowship

The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program represents a major commitment by CDC to program evaluation and program improvement. Fellows will work under the leadership of CDC's Chief Evaluation Officer; they will be matched with CDC host programs to work on program evaluation activities for/with those programs. Host programs will be selected through a competitive process to ensure the activities will both build the knowledge base of the program and enhance the professional development of the Fellow.

Applications for the 2016 class will be accepted March-May 2016, with start date August 2016. Check back closer to then for more information.

Brief information about the fellowship is as follows:

  • The ideal candidate has a Doctoral degree in evaluation, social sciences, public health, or another STEM discipline, and with significant coursework in program evaluation and measurement. Master’s-level candidates from these same disciplines and with significant experience in applied evaluation projects are also encouraged to apply.
  • Fellowships are for one year, with strong likelihood of renewal for a second year.
  • Appointments will be full-time at CDC, typically in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Fellows do not become employees of CDC.
  • Candidates must have received their qualifying degree within the past five years.