Research and Evaluation Office
Research & Evaluation
The Research and Evaluation Office serves several important functions including:
- Public health surveillance
- Analysis and interpretation of public health data
- Program evaluation
The Research and Evaluation office focuses on understanding determinants of health. The office also provides technical assistance to support BPHC programs’ research activities.
- Research plan development to reflect program priorities
- Design of research studies and data collection tools
- Review of existing scientific literature
- Preparation of abstracts and manuscripts
Program evaluations are systematic, objective assessments that check programs for relevancy, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact. Evaluation is a core function of public health, and is critical to understanding if a program is meeting its goals. Evaluation results help define priorities and allocate resources. Evaluation activities include:
- Conducting evaluations of BPHC programs
- Assisting programs in identifying outcomes using logic models and theory of change frameworks
- Review program data collection instruments
- Development of evaluation plans for grants
- Working with external evaluators
Surveillance and Analysis
Another core function of the research and evaluation program is the collection and analysis of health data. Public health surveillance includes data collected by the program, and local and national sources.
The data is analyzed and interpreted for dissemination in a variety of sources such as the annual Health of Boston Report. The data is used to:
- Help identify priorities for BPHC initiatives
- Informing public discussion
- Increase awareness of public health issues
- Legislative advocacy
- Guide BPHC program decision-making
- Evaluating program effectiveness
To view an interactive Health of Boston report, including data.
For data not found in our reports, please download and email/fax a completed Data Request Form.