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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Public Health Surveillance System Evaluations

Center researchers, working closely with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health developed a Brief Evaluation Protocol for use in evaluating public health surveillance systems. Two systems were evaluated during the development of this protocol: the Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS), and the Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS). Public Health staff were also trained on use of the protocol.

To further build surveillance system evaluation capacity within the Division of Public Health, the Public Policy Center has provided coaching and evaluation training to Public Health staff who are leading their own surveillance system evaluations.

In addition, an evaluation of the Nebraska Birth Defects Registry (NBDR) has been conducted by the PPC using the Brief Evaluation Protocol. This evaluation was used as the basis for developing a five-year strategic plan for advancing birth defects surveillance in Nebraska.

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