Year: 2007 Source: BMC Public Health, v.7, (July 2007), p.146-153 SIEC No: 20070609

Learning about the impact of public health policy presents significant challenges for evaluators. This paper discusses how these challenges were made manifest within the Choose Life programme. After a brief summary of the approach taken to evaluate the first phase of Choose Life, this paper then offers recommendations for policymakers & evaluators on how learning from a second phase might be augmented. The recommendations are likely to have general resonance across a range of policy evaluations as they move from early planning & implementation to more mature phases. (37 refs.)