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Reports, Guides, & Toolkits


At a Glance: Public Health Policy Activities & Training in State & Local Health Departments

APHA developed this short summary of 16 state and local health departments' public health policy and policy training activities and compiled a list of organizations that provide public health policy training.


Performance Measurement for Public Health Policy

APHA and the Public Health Foundation (PHF) have worked collaboratively to develop a new tool to help health departments and their partners assess and improve the performance of their policy activities. While other performance measurement and evaluation guides exist, this is the first tool to focus explicitly on performance measurement for public health policy.




APHA is hosting a series of webinars aimed at improving the capacity of state, tribal, local or territorial health departments to use policy as a tool to improve population health.


Resource Lists


APHA has compiled a list of resources for health departments, public health practitioners, and other audiences on public health law, public health policy, and policy evaluation. The lists are not exhaustive but highlight key general tools. Click on the links below to learn more about these topics.

Public Health Law Resources

Public Health Policy Resources

Policy Evaluation Resources (Updated 12/6/12)
These resources include step-by-step information, tools, and sample questions for evaluating policy work.