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Developing an Initial Statement of the Issue

ROSS C. BROWNSON, ELIZABETH A. BAKER, TERRY L. LEET and KATHLEEN N. GILLESPIE

in Evidence-Based Public Health

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143768
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143768.003.0004
Developing an Initial Statement of the Issue

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This chapter is divided into two major sections. The first examines some lessons and approaches that can be learned from the processes of needs assessment and strategic planning. The second describes a systematic approach to developing an issue statement by breaking it into four component parts: background/ epidemiologic data; questions about the program or policy; solutions being considered; and potential outcomes.

Keywords: public health action; evidence-based decision making; needs assessment; strategic planning

Chapter.  5092 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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