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Understanding the basic principles of programme evaluation
  1. B C K Choi
  1. Dr B C K Choi, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of Canada, P.L. 6806A, 785 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0K9; Bernard_Choi{at}

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In public health, it is important to evaluate programmes (series of activities to achieve specific objectives in specific target groups) in research, surveillance, services, education and policy; in other words, to determine as systematically and objectively as possible the relevance, effectiveness and impact of programmes with respect to their objectives.1 It has been suggested that evaluation should be a built-in component of public health programmes.2

The basic principles of evaluation are information and expectation. Information can be obtained using the method of surveillance.1 3 4 Important steps in information include deciding on the list of indicators to be monitored and making sure that pertinent information is available. Even …

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