Center for Community Health and Evaluation

The Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) designs and evaluates health-related programs and initiatives throughout the United States. Our mission is to improve the health of communities through collaborative approaches to planning, assessment, and evaluation.

CCHE’s work spans qualitative research, outcome evaluations, clinical quality improvement initiatives, community assessment, logic model development, case study research, and geographic and social network analysis—all focused on boosting the success of community health initiatives, philanthropic grantmaking programs, and clinical improvement efforts. Recent CCHE projects have focused on chronic disease prevention, evaluation capacity building, policy and systems change, and assessment of sustained, broad-based community participation. Clients include foundations, health care systems, community-based nonprofits, and local, state and federal government agencies.

Read what our clients say about CCHE [PDF, 1.3MB].


Do health impact assessments make a difference? CCHE conducted a three-year evaluation to assess the impact of health impact assessments (HIAs) in the United States and to identify elements critical for success. The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, included site visits and interviews with 166 practitioners, stakeholders, and decision makers for 23 completed HIAs in 15 states, as well as a Health impact assessment reportsweb-based survey of 144 HIA practitioners. The evaluation brief outlines the impact of HIAs on decision making, other impacts, lessons about how to increase the likelihood of HIA success, common barriers, and opportunities for addressing those barriers.

A Healthy Dose: Strengthening Reach and Impact of Community Strategies: CCHE director Allen Cheadle and research associate Ian Maki presented this “hot topic” webinar in March as part of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice series that focuses on emerging issues in public health.

New journal articles by CCHE team members. Research associate Diana Charbonneau and CCHE director Allen Cheadle were part of a team that examined community and youth impact and success factors related to the Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team (FEEST) program in King County; results were recently published in Community Development.

The Spring 2014 issue of National Civic Review features a paper by CCHE director Allen Cheadle and colleagues at Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, Berkeley on community-based obesity prevention initiatives.