- Subject index
Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.
Chapter 23: Evaluating Public Health Programmes
Evaluating Public Health Programmes
In its broadest sense evaluation means determining the value of something or someone. It is a constant human activity to make judgements on how good or bad we find people, things and ideas. In that sense anything can be evaluated and, arguably, our view of the social and physical world is permeated with evaluations of people, things, ideas, events and institutions. Indeed theorists have argued that our identity and self is determined, in large part, by the ways in which we identify with and [Page 125]place value on entities in the social and physical world (Weinreich and Saunderson, 2003).
In a more specific sense evaluation refers to the activities of professional evaluators who apply their techniques to making judgements about ...