The American Evaluation Association awarded The Systematic Screening and Assessment Method: Finding Innovations Worth Evaluating with their 2011 Outstanding Publication Award during the Evaluation 2011 conference. The book, produced by Laura Leviton—a special adviser for evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)—Laura Kettel Khan, a senior scientist for policy evaluation and partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Nicola Dawkins, a behavioral scientist and principal at ICF International, takes a pioneering approach to selecting programs for evaluation.
The Systematic Screening and Assessment Method (SSA) describes a cost-effective way to select promising programs for evaluation by integrating existing evaluation methods into a six-step process.
This innovative take on evaluation practices has been adopted by a number of divisions at the CDC; recommended by a panel at the Institute of Medicine; and cited by the General Accountability Office. “The potential impact cannot be overstated," says William Shadish, M.S., Ph.D., who supported the nomination for the award. "These agencies are large and influential, and I can think of relatively few instances in the history of evaluation where a single publication has had that extensive an impact.”
In addition to the Foundation's childhood obesity program that is currently using this evaluation model, RWJF has three adaptations of the model under way in the areas of preventive dentistry, innovative uses of primary care workforce, and preventing intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities.