The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) in 2002, responding to the need for a central body which would facilitate the collection and analysis of data on noninfectious diseases and integrate the information to understand the linkages between the environment and public health. A collaboration between CDDEP and Resources for the Future (RFF), this project aims to assess the return on investment in the nationwide Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, and whether the use of data by public healthcare practitioners, policy makers, researchers and the public has led to improved public health practice and outcomes.
The ROI team is developing a structured survey to assess the value of the national and state tracking networks. The survey employs expert elicitation methodology a well studied and formalized scientific process of interviewing experts and combining their response to produce statistical hypotheses of unobservable events.
CDDEP is a subcontractor on this CDC funded project with RFF as the grantee. The project will be completed by the end of 2012.