Performance Requirements

Performance requirements are a core set of experiential work assignments that must be completed in order for the PE fellow to successfully complete the PE Fellowship. Performance requirements should:

  • Be outcome-focused
  • Be measurable
  • Meet specified criteria
  • Demonstrate mastery of multiple competencies
  • Reflect work assignments performed by employees within sponsoring CIOs
  • Produce tangible artifacts for assessment of satisfactory completion
  • Comprise a large portion of the total completion requirements for the PE Fellowship
  • Provide a service to the agency

PE fellows should complete the following performance requirements during the two-year PE Fellowship:

  • Author two scientific papers for publication
  • Deliver two scientific presentations
  • Deliver two methods-based educational sessions
  • Develop one policy brief

The following performance requirement is optional:

  • Field project

The following dropdowns provide an overview of the performance requirements.

Author Two Scientific Papers for Publication

The PE fellow is required to author a scientific paper that communicates, in writing, the results and methods employed for a prevention effectiveness study that they conducted during their PE Fellowship assignment. In order to receive credit for this performance requirement, the PE fellow must complete all of the following:

  • Serve as first or second author
  • Write scientific paper commiserate with their role and division of authoring responsibilities
  • Include key elements of a scientific paper (e.g., abstract, introduction, methods, results, conclusions, acknowledgements and disclaimers, references, tables/graphs/figures)
  • Submit papers into the CDC editorial clearance and scientific review process
Deliver Two Scientific Presentations

The PE fellow is required to give a scientific presentation that orally communicates the results and methods employed for a prevention effectiveness study they conducted during their PE Fellowship assignment. In order to receive credit for this performance requirement, the PE fellow must complete all of the following:

  • Include key elements of a scientific presentation (e.g., background, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, question/answer segment)
  • Create effective slides to support presentation
  • Facilitate a question/answer segment and provide effective responses to unplanned questions
  • Present one scientific presentation to a CDC center, division, partner group, or a grantee meeting
  • Present one scientific presentation at a national conference
Deliver Two Methods-Based Educational Sessions

A methods-based educational session is a teaching session designed to educate others on prevention effectiveness methods through didactics, case study, practical example, and discussion. In order to receive credit for this performance requirement, the PE fellow must complete all of the following:

  • Develop course outline for session
  • Prepare learning objectives for session
  • Prepare a facilitation strategy, paying particular attention to audience-engagement and discussion strategies
  • Facilitate two-way dialogue educational session; not a one-way presentation
  • Submit session information to PE Fellowship program for posting to calendar
Develop One Policy Brief

A policy brief is a document that outlines the rationale for choosing a particular policy alternative or course of action in a policy debate. The purpose of the policy brief is to convince the target audience of the urgency of the problem and the need to consider a set of alternatives or courses of action outlined and therefore, serve as an impetus for action. In order for the PE fellow to receive credit for this performance requirement, the PE fellow must complete all of the following:

  • Include key elements of a policy brief (e.g., problem, stakeholders, policy options/attributes, implications, recommendations, resources, and executive summary)
  • Base the policy brief on a prevention effectiveness study performed for the CDC assignment
  • Submit the policy brief to PE Fellowship and assigned Center/Division
Optional Field Project

PE fellows are encouraged to perform one field project during their two year PE Fellowship. Most field projects support the work of a CDC national center or office, but some may be developed to support agency-wide initiatives such as emergency response or strategic initiatives. Field assignment duties related to a public health response should contribute to the development of the fellows as public health economists and quantitative policy analysts. Activities appropriate for a PE fellow participating in a public health response include:

  • Performing cost analyses of responses, community mitigation guidelines, interventions, etc.
  • Determining the cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, or cost-utility of a public health intervention or program
  • Performing economic or policy modeling, such as sensitivity analysis, decision and probabilistic modeling, or simulation models
  • Applying appropriate methods, data, and applications to assure the quality and appropriateness of study design and analytic methods and applying and interpreting appropriate statistical tests for economic and policy analytic studies
  • Calculating burden of illness, identifying spending/financing trends, determining the impacts of regulation, identifying workforce issues, quantifying the potential or realized impact of health policies on specific populations or organizations of interest
  • Understanding the policy mechanisms (e.g., tax, regulation, incentive systems, behavioral) that are critical to a public health response
  • Describing the macro or micro economic implications of health policy issues through the application of a standard policy analytic process
  • Providing critical prevention effectiveness training and/or capacity building to partner or client organizations or individuals