Building an Evaluation of Laws and Policies

Law can be a powerful tool to drive population health improvements, but evaluation and evidence of effect is needed. With the growth of the field of public health law, there are several new tools available to plan and conduct comprehensive evaluations. With new and emerging resources ranging from policy surveillance systems to compendiums of available empirical evidence, we need to conduct rigorous evaluations of laws and policies the same way that we would any other form of health intervention. It is equally important to build from existing data systems on behavior change, health outcomes and workforce performance, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the County Health Rankings.

In this webinar, Dr. Jennifer Ibrahim reviews key elements of a successful evaluation of law and shares examples of how researchers can use various resources to critically evaluate policies and laws being passed, including comparisons across jurisdictions looking for opportunities to pass new laws or amend existing laws.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Jennifer Ibrahim is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Public Health, and the Associate Director of the National Program Office for Public Health Law Research. Jennifer earned a an M.P.H. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Analysis and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. Jennifer has been recognized by her peers as an outstanding teacher as evidenced by receiving Temple University‚Äôs highest teaching award, the Great Teacher Award. In addition to her achievements in teaching, she has consistently maintained a funded research agenda in the area of health policy, including work on legal infrastructure, the dynamic relationship between public health lawyers and practitioners and work on tobacco control policymaking.