Tutorials: Data-Driven & Evidence-Based Program Development

Evidence-Based Public Health

49 slides, approximately 20 minutes

This tutorial defines evidence-based public health and explains why it is important. It gives examples of appropriate times to use an evidence-based approach. It then leads you through an activity in which you break down a research article and learn how to apply it to your real-world work. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is used as an example of an evidence-based program.

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  • To download the toolkit for this tutorial, please click here (This includes references, quiz, answer sheet, and additional activities).

NOTE: You will only receive a certificate of completion if you do the tutorial online.

By the end of this tutorial, you will:

  • Be able to describe evidence-based public health
  • Understand the role of evidence-based practice and research in public health
  • Have the skills to analyze a research article
  • Be able to apply the information to public health interventions

Developing a Logic Model

43 slides, approximately 20 minutes

This tutorial defines a logic model and explains why they are used in program planning. There are five main parts of a logic model, including (1) resources/inputs, (2) activities, (3) outputs, (4) outcomes, and (5) impact. This tutorial takes you through each of the five parts and uses a Workplace Lactation Program as an example for each section.

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  • To download the toolkit for this tutorial, please click here (This includes references, quiz, answer sheet, and additional activities).

NOTE: You will only receive a certificate of completion if you do the tutorial online.

By the end of this tutorial, you will:

  • Understand the different components of a logic model
  • Have the knowledge to use a logic model to plan a program

Finding, Understanding and Disseminating Data and Statistics

50 slides, approximately 20 minutes

This tutorial explains why data and statistics are useful to health professionals. It provides some questions that should be answered in order to determine the type of data needed for a project or specific research. It then introduces the Center for Disease Control as a resource for finding up-to-date data and statistics on many health indicators. A hypothetical situation in which a public health professional is trying to prove that Louisiana would benefit from a WIC breastfeeding promotion program is then discussed. In this situation, the public health professional would use data and statistics from the CDC Breastfeeding Report Card and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) to support the argument that Louisiana should implement the program.

  • To take this tutorial online, please click here (There will be a quiz and additional activities at the end).
  • To download a PDF of this tutorial, please click here (This is the tutorial slides only).
  • To download the toolkit for this tutorial, please click here (This includes references, quiz, answer sheet, and additional activities).

NOTE: You will only receive a certificate of completion if you do the tutorial online.

By the end of this tutorial, you will:

  • Be able to identify strategies to critically determine what type of data you need
  • Have the skills to navigate and understand how to access two main sources of health statistics information

An Introduction to Grant Writing

41 slides, approximately 20 minutes

This tutorial gives an introduction to writing grant proposals. It explains what a Request for Proposal (RFP) is and why it is important to follow the instructions in it carefully. Then it goes through the different sections of a grant proposal, including the proposal summary, organization description, problem statement, project objectives, method or design, timeline, evaluation, and budget. It gives examples throughout.

  • To take this tutorial online, please click here (There will be a quiz and additional activities at the end).
  • To download a PDF of this tutorial, please click here (This is the tutorial slides only).
  • To download the toolkit for this tutorial, please click here (This includes references, quiz, answer sheet, and additional activities).

NOTE: You will only receive a certificate of completion if you do the tutorial online

By the end of this tutorial, you will:

  • Understand the importance of reading and closely following a Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Be able to identify the basic sections of a grant proposal and what they entail