The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium (TCLC) is hosting a webinar on February 14th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm CST, entitled 'From Data to Policy Development: Tobacco Control Tools You Didn't Know You Needed.' The webinar will showcase a number of online resources for tobacco control professionals, including legislative and health data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco control resources from TCLC, and materials from the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Tobacco Action Center. You can find additional information and the link to the webinar here.
The webinar will discuss in more detail the CDC's State Tobacco Action Tracking & Evaluation (STATE) system as well as the Office on Smoking and Health's (OSH) Interactive Data Dissemination Tool, OSHData. Both data sources can help practitioners form a solid data-centric basis for policy development. In the Best Practice User Guide for Program Infrastructure (2017), the CDC speaks to using data to drive policy. Specifically, it speaks to how using Engaged Data, or data used by local programs, decision makers, and other stakeholders to act, can help create effective programs and conduct continuous quality improvement activities. The CDC recommends following six steps to effectively use Engaged Data including engaging stakeholders, describing the program, choosing questions to answer, gathering credible data, developing conclusions, and sharing results and ensuring use. Any of your stakeholders can be involved in each step of this process, which can work to increase their ownership of the evaluation results. Consider utilizing the CDC workbook, Developing an Effective Evaluation Report, as you get to the final stages or sharing results and ensuring use.