From 2000 to 2001, Philippe Boucher, a consultant in Bainbridge Island, Wash., inventoried and evaluated tobacco control websites and online services.
Internet tools are crucial as a way to manage tobacco control information. However, health agencies and other groups that create websites and online services do so in isolation, an approach that prevents them from making the most of other online initiatives and adopting better practices. Boucher:
Boucher started these weekly online interviews in 1999. The interviews funded by this project started on November 1, 2000 (Ross Hammond interview) and ended on February 25, 2002 (Andrew Pendleton interview). Boucher has also published 45 of them in a book, People and Issues in Tobacco Control.
The assessment of tobacco control online services revealed that:
To help new sites perform better, Boucher recommended establishing a cooperative network of tobacco control webmasters, and suggested that RWJF bring together its Internet-based tobacco control projects to construct such a framework. As a starting point for best practices, the project director recommended that all websites include the following:
Boucher also proposed a number of Web projects including online information from tobacco control conferences such as abstracts of presentations, and a yearbook of tobacco control activities.
Boucher wrote two reports about the project findings for RWJF:
He also edited and self-published (printed on demand) a 402-page book, People and Issues in Tobacco Control, which includes 124 interviews, 45 prepared under this grant.