Evaluation of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant
The PHHS Block Grant is supporting vital public health activities in recipients’ jurisdictions. View our video, overview, and full report to learn more about the evaluation findings.
CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support is conducting an ongoing evaluation of the Public Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant Program. The evaluation assesses the grant’s value (i.e., its benefits and contributions) and describes and measures select outputs and outcomes, with the aim of strengthening performance and accountability. The evaluation assesses the grant as a whole—not individual recipient activities or outcomes. The evaluation seeks to answer two overarching questions:
- How does the PHHS Block Grant support recipients in addressing their jurisdictions’ prioritized public health needs related to Healthy People 2020 objectives?
- How does the PHHS Block Grant contribute toward the achievement of organizational-, systems-, and health-related outcomes?
The evaluation consists of several key activities, including implementing a measurement framework to assess recipient achievements, analyzing recipient allocation of funding to Healthy People 2020 objectives, and exploring the relationship between PHHS Block Grant funding and health outcomes.
The Measurement Framework
A key component of the evaluation is the PHHS Block Grant Measurement Frameworkpdf icon[PDF – 581 KB]. The framework is an innovative measurement approach that allows for more standardized data collection and aggregation of the outputs, outcomes, and achievements of health departments using grant funds.
The framework consists of four key measures: