The Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) Program puts a strong emphasis on measuring the progress, impact and outcomes of the work. This is done through evaluation as well as epidemiology and surveillance.

• Evaluation is the process of determining, as objectively and systematically as possible, the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of activities in relation to goals and outcomes. Nearly a dozen of the activities being coordinated with the CDPC Program are being continually evaluated. This includes the evaluation of programs, partnerships and staff coordination. Results are reported to CDC on an annual basis, and information is also made available to staff, key partners and stakeholders.

• Epidemiology and surveillance is the system of monitoring or tracking disease in a population. Within the CDPC Program there is a specific focus on monitoring hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and overweight in Nebraska and in priority communities. It also includes tracking a range of performance measures set forth by CDC.

Through both of these efforts, the CDPC Program is able to identify strengths and potential areas of improvement within its work. It includes identifying and addressing gaps in programs while monitoring the progress toward achieving goals defined by the CDC and CDPC Program. Throughout the process, this information is communicated to partners, stakeholders and funders in order to inform and prioritize programs moving forward. Insights can be used to educate decision makers and the public about:

• The high rates of death and disability and the high health care costs associated with chronic diseases;
• Actions being taken by the public health community and its partners to prevent and control chronic diseases;
• Successes in preventing and controlling chronic diseases;
• Unmet needs and priorities in addressing chronic diseases.

Many of the data sources, results, and lessons learned are featured on the Progress and Outcomes pages.