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Applied Evaluation FAQs

What topics have been considered for applied evaluation?

In the past, CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has conducted applied evaluations of initiatives focused on school asthma management, physical activity, nutrition, and safe school environments. Additional topics will be considered for future applied evaluation projects.

How can my initiative be considered for an applied evaluation?

DASH periodically solicits nominations for outstanding initiatives addressing a specific topic area. Visit the  Nominations page for future calls for nominations.

Does my initiative need to be funded by DASH to be eligible to receive an applied evaluation?

No. All initiatives, whether or not they are funded by DASH or CDC, are eligible to participate in applied evaluations.

Does my initiative need previous evaluation experience to participate in an applied evaluation?

No. Previous evaluation experience is not a requirement, but it can be beneficial to help you get the most out of the applied evaluation process.

What type of research designs are used in applied evaluations?

Applied evaluations generally use nonexperimental or quasi-experimental methods. Randomized control trials are not conducted as part of applied evaluations.

Does applied evaluation provide additional funding or staff for my initiative?

No. All funding and staff associated with the applied evaluation are designated for evaluation activities only.

My initiative does not have the time and resources for additional evaluation activities. Should I be interested in applied evaluation?

Yes. The majority of work associated with the applied evaluation is carried out by a DASH evaluation contractor; your program makes a commitment to assist with planning and interpretation of results. During the applied evaluation, DASH and the evaluation contractor will work with your program to provide technical assistance by identifying evaluation questions; collecting, managing, and analyzing data; and disseminating findings. DASH and the evaluation contractor also provide incentives for participation and hire on-site staff to assist with data collection and other evaluation logistics.

I have an idea for a topic or initiative that could be considered for applied evaluation. How can I make a suggestion?

Contact DASH to suggest topics for future applied evaluations.