Rapid evaluations are brief assessments of the process and impact of
innovative initiatives. CDCís Division of Adolescent and School Health
(DASH) assists with rapid evaluations of programs and policies that seek to
improve the health and well-being of youth. Rapid evaluation is conducted
through technical assistance to agencies or organizations implementing these
initiatives and answers questions of interest to them. Rapid evaluations
involve nonexperimental or quasi-experimental methods, with data collection
typically lasting 12Ė24 months.
For descriptions of rapid evaluations conducted with technical assistance from DASH, see Rapid Evaluation Projects.
DASH staff select types of emerging youth health initiatives warranting
further investigation, such as initiatives to increase physical activity;
increase quality of nutrition; provide a healthy school environment for
lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth; or manage asthma in the context of
coordinated school health. Once a type of initiative has been selected as a
topic of rapid evaluation, specific initiatives are nominated to DASH staff
for consideration. Any specific initiative can be nominated, whether or not
it is funded by DASH.
Please see Nominations for current types of rapid evaluations, the
nomination procedure, or to nominate your program.
Characteristics of Initiatives that Undergo Rapid Evaluations
The initiative should
- Be well established, but lack rigorous evaluation.
- Focus on school-aged youth.
- Be likely to make a difference.
- Be structured such that researchers can identify comparison sites/groups.
- Address under-served populations and health disparities.
If you have additional questions about the rapid evaluation projects conducted by DASH, please e-mail the
Evaluation Research Team.