Improving the ability of local public health professionals to practice evidence-based public health, 2012-2013

This grant will support Ross C. Brownson, PhD, professor, Washington University, and colleagues in working with the Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) National Coordinating Center (NCC) in one of the four major goal areas: catalyzing the application of research. NCC was funded, in part, to build the capacity of practitioners to apply PHSSR evidence-based administrative policies and practices (EBPs) for increased governmental public health efficiency and efficacy. The current project seeks to expand the capacity of practitioners to apply EBPs by: (1) identifying PHSSR EBPs in the literature and surveying the current state of PHSSR EBPs applied in local health departments; (2) conducting intervention research on a training and technical assistance program for practitioners to apply PHSSR EBPs; (3) describing the range of local models using PHSSR EBPs; and (4) translating and disseminating EBPs to practitioners. Deliverables will include a literature review of PHSSR EBPs; a national survey of local health departments' use of PHSSR EBPs; an intervention-research study of a practitioner-training model using PHSSR EBPs; a case-study analysis of the use of EBPs in eight local health departments; and the development and implementation of a dissemination strategy for PHSSR EBPS, targeted at a practitioner audience. The project team at Washington University will carry out these aims with consultation from NCC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $799,324.00

Awarded on: 5/22/2012

Time frame: 6/1/2012 - 4/15/2014

Grant Number: 69964


Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work

Campus Box 1196
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, 63130-4899


Ross C. Brownson
Project Director


Katherine A. Stamatakis
Project Director