The Systematic Screening and Assessment Method

Finding Innovations Worth Evaluating

This issue of New Directions for Evaluation describes the Systematic Screening and Assessment (SSA) Method. The SSA Method translates practice into research by identifying promising practices ready for evaluation. The method captures promising innovations, screening them individually and systematically to ensure their readiness for evaluation. The method is a cost-effective strategy to assess programs and their promise. The issue is edited by Laura C. Leviton, Special Adviser for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Laura Kettel Khan, Senior Scientist for Policy and Partnerships in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Nicola Dawkins, Principal of ICF Macro.

The issue is specifically focused on methodology, describing the application of the SSA Method to the Early Assessment of Programs and Policies to Prevent Childhood Obesity project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation.