Assessment, Evaluation, & Quality Improvement

NACCHO Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement Resources

This website provides a variety of resources for accreditation preparation and quality improvement for local health departments. NACCHO’s Quality Improvement (QI) and Accreditation Preparation Webinar Series provides periodic webinars as part of NACCHO’s continued commitment to QI and preparing local health departments (LHDs) for national accreditation. Available online:

Consolidating Health Departments in Summit County, Ohio: A One Year Retrospective

This presentation is part of a panel discussion entitled, “You’re Not Alone: Dialogue about Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing.” The discussion occurred during the National Association of County and City Health Officials annual meeting on July 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. A county-level policymaker from Ohio who participated in the implementation of cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) of public […]


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Interjurisdictional Collaboration: Local Public Health Officials Versus County Commissioners

This article reports on a survey of Montana local health officers and county commissioners to determine their viewpoints on interjurisdictional collaboration in public health service delivery. The results indicate that public health officials and county commissioners seem to have similar viewpoints on reasons to collaborate and policy considerations, but different viewpoints on barriers to collaboration. […]

Institutional and Economic Determinants of Public Health System Performance.

This article examines the association between institutional, financial and community characteristics of local public health systems and their performance of essential services. It discusses the results of a preliminary study drawing on data from seven states. The researchers conclude that reconfiguring the organization and financing of public health systems in some communities — such as […]

Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide

This document is a “how to” guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities and is intended to assist state, local, and community managers and staff of public health programs in planning, designing, implementing, and using the results of comprehensive evaluations in a practical way. The strategy presented in this manual will help assure that evaluations […]

Policy Brief–Consolidation of Local Health Departments in Ohio: Motivations and Impacts

This report examines the motivations for and impacts of consolidations of local public health departments in Ohio. Since 2001, there have been twenty cases of city health departments merging their public health services with those of a county health department or another city health department in Ohio, and this has resulted in a 13 percent […]