Health Impact Assessment: An Evidence-Driven Tool for Improving Health

Evaluating the performance of state programs has become more important than ever. Despite shrinking revenues, states are being bombarded with greater demand for services. Citizens not only want increased access to programs, but also expect these programs to be run efficiently. At this intersection of demand, limited resources and the watchful eyes of taxpayers sits the policymaker or agency administrator trying to decide how best to move forward. Measuring performance and using performance data to strategically place resources are key to implementing the accountable, transparent and results-focused governance policies that citizens demand. This session educated conference attendees on how “Results First” works and why using this approach to policy decision-making can lead to better, more efficient use of scarce state dollars.

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and 
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
September 19, 2013
 
Evaluating the performance of state programs has become more important than ever. Despite shrinking revenues, states are being bombarded with greater demand for services. Citizens not only want increased access to programs, but also expect these programs to be run efficiently. At this intersection of demand, limited resources and the watchful eyes of taxpayers sits the policymaker or agency administrator trying to decide how best to move forward. Measuring performance and using performance data to strategically place resources are key to implementing the accountable, transparent and results-focused governance policies that citizens demand. This session educated conference attendees on how “Results First” works and why using this approach to policy decision-making can lead to better, more efficient use of scarce state dollars.
 
Presentation by Ruth LindbergSenior Associate, Health Impact Project
 
 

Ruth Lindberg is a senior associate for the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) and support the growth of the field in the United States. In this role, she assists in managing and conducting HIAs on proposed federal-level policies and programs. Before joining the Health Impact Project, Ms. Lindberg served as a program manager for the National Center for Healthy Housing, where she led an HIA of a proposed freight intermodal facility in the state of Maryland and provided technical assistance support to healthy housing practitioners across the country. Ms. Lindberg has master’s degrees in urban planning and public health from the University of Washington and a bachelor of arts in community health from Brown University.