Vermont Health Promotion-Disease Prevention Evaluation Services Project

State: Vermont

Client(s): Vermont Department of Health

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Chronic Disease Management, Healthy Communities, Population Health, State and Local Public Health

JSI has a breadth of experience working on community, state, and national projects to improve the health of populations through the application of evaluation, epidemiology, data analysis, needs assessment and the presentation of information. These applications assist agencies in directing resources to promote health behaviors, measure health outcomes, and improve health systems. Furthermore, JSI has a long-standing history providing needs assessment, evaluation, strategic planning, and technical assistance services to agencies and community based organizations in Vermont, including the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and many of the Division of Health Promotion Disease Prevention programs.

In 2016, the Vermont Department of Health contracted with JSI to provide comprehensive evaluation services per the needs of the Health Promotion Disease Prevention programs. Using a participatory and utilization focused approach, JSI aids programs in evaluation planning, implementation, analysis, and dissemination and use of findings. JSI works with the Asthma Program, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, 1305/Diabetes Program, SNAP-Ed Program, Tobacco Control Program, and 1815 Program to plan, design, and implement formative, process, and outcome evaluations to inform program quality improvement and demonstrate reach and impact of program strategies.

Evaluation Project Spotlight
In 2017, JSI planned and performed an independent outcome evaluation to assess impact of the Vermont Tobacco Control Program’s youth prevention social marketing campaign, Down and Dirty. An online survey was developped to evaluate tobacco use and campaign awareness among a large sample of Vermont youth aged 13-19 years, with particular emphasis on the “country” teen peer crowd. JSI created a social media strategy to recruit Vermont teens to take the survey. Digital promotion comprised of a variety of Facebook and Instagram ads designed to target “country” teens in Vermont. Findings from the evaluation were used to inform the Vermont Tobacco Control Program's decision making on future youth prevention communication strategies.


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