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HARTZ, Zulmira Maria de Araújo. Evaluation of health programs: theoretical-methodological prospects and institutional policies. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 1999, vol.4, n.2, pp.341-353. ISSN 1678-4561.

This paper presents the theoretical-methodological perspective for health evaluation taking into account the political-decision making context of a possible governmental organization by programs and a management system by outcomes in the next five years. The main issues discussed herein are arranged into three groups: 1) the need for a logical or theoretical model guiding the evalution process; 2) the requirement for methodological plurality, given the context-oriented programmatic actions; and 3) the complexity of outcome measures; and the mandatory nature of institutional devices that regulate evaluations studies, thus guaranteeing the quality and utility of the final output. At the end, this paper emphasizes the importance of an evaluation research being fostered for the construction of scientific evidences in public health and its applications for the formation of evaluators.

Keywords : Health Evaluation; Health Program Evalution; Outcome-based Evaluation.

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