Evaluation of program effectiveness is extremely important to ensure that useful strategies are implemented and that public resources are allocated appropriately.

PIRE has long been recognized as a leader in the field of evaluation. Its work includes evaluation of programs related to public health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, dependency treatment, tobacco use prevention, traffic safety, criminal justice, education and many other areas that are important to health and well-being. PIRE researchers evaluate programs on the national, state, and local levels.

PIRE’s Chapel Hill Center and Louisville Center house numerous evaluation projects where researchers design, field test, and engage in applications based on novel approaches to outcome-based program evaluation. PIRE provides evaluation services on a very large scale, with national evaluations of important state/local prevention programming, and on the smallest scale, with innovative web-based evaluation for local hospitals or peer work groups. A hallmark of PIRE’s approach to evaluation is that the design and implementation of evaluation studies work within the program structures to provide minimal interference with program operations. Results can be utilized by the ongoing program to make changes and improvements that enhance effectiveness.