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The Evaluation Reporting Template for
Interactive Health Communication Applications Version 1.0, is being proposed by
the Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health
(SciPICH) as a standardized approach to planning and reporting IHC evaluations.
Development of this tool was based on the rationale that all applications should undergo
some level of evaluation during and after design and implementation, and that the nature
and results of such evaluations should be available to potential users and purchasers of
the application. We plan to feature future versions of the template on this page.
The template is designed to assist health
professionals, consumers, and purchasers judge the appropriateness of a given IHC
application to fit their needs and, perhaps, compare one application with another. It can
also help IHC developers explore and clarify some of the expectations of those who may be
purchasing and using the applications they develop.
How it was developed:
The structure of the template was derived through a
consensus process. An initial list of items was constructed by SciPICH members based upon
widely accepted principles and processes of intervention design and evaluation, and
feedback was elicited from developers of IHC applications, government agencies, academic
researchers, health care organizations, health care consumers, and consumer advocates.
Because the template is designed to apply to all types of applications and evaluations,
some items may not apply to a particular application or evaluation.
The template is divided into four sections. The time
required to complete it will vary depending on the level of evaluation of your
application. You need only complete those questions that apply. If you have an existing
text document detailing the evaluation of your IHC application, you may prefer to copy and
paste your answers directly into this form.
The Panel welcomes any questions, feedback or suggestions
related to your experience using the template.
Section I focuses on identification of the
developers, the source of funding for the application, the purpose of the application and
its intended audience, technical requirements, and issues of confidentiality--a particular
concern among consumers and consumer advocates involved in this process.
Section II focuses on the results of formative and process evaluations, as contributors to the design
and development of an IHC application. These items elicit information to help potential
users and purchasers judge the validity of the content, the appropriateness of the
application to their specific needs, and whether sufficient testing was done to insure
that the application is likely to function as it is intended.
Section III focuses on the results of any outcome evaluations that were performed. The listed outcomes are
not exhaustive but are those most commonly encountered, ranging from whether users like
the application to whether it produces changes in morbidity or mortality, reduced costs,
or organizational change. Potential outcomes are broadly defined because individual
developers, users, and purchasers of applications may have very different needs and
Section IV focuses on information about
the evaluators and funding to provide potential users and purchasers with information
about potential biases or conflicts of interests relevant to the evaluation.
Classifications of evaluation designs and descriptions of samples
are provided from the US Preventive Services Task Force to help clarify the
information needed for the submission process.
- You have the option to modify or remove
information previously submitted to the IHC application database:
- Select the "update application"
button found at the top of this page.
- If you encounter any difficulties, please e-mail us at
- You will be prompted to search for your application by the
title you submitted.
- The same password you selected to submit your IHC
application to this site will allow you to update your submission whenever needed.
- If you forget your password, you can
request to have it e-mailed to you.
- Visitors who voluntarily submit IHC applications using the Evaluation
Reporting Template are asked to provide an e-mail address, password, and contact
information to register their IHC application. This information is requested in
order to confirm a registration and permit a user to update or delete an IHC application
submission. There are several questions registrants are required to answer so that users
can browse the database for IHC applications categorized by topics of interest.
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Browsing by category:
- You may also browse IHC applications by using pull-down
menus that categorize applications by nine topics: (1) application
type, (2) user age group, (3) user gender, (4) funding source, (5) user education level,
(6) languages offered, (7) appropriate settings, (8) user confidentiality, and (9) forms
of evaluation conducted.
SciPICH invites comments and suggestions regarding the
content, scope, utility, and practicality of this template. Please direct comments
to: SciPICH, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health
and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201 or email to:
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