MCH Programs are accountable for continually assessing needs, assuring that services are provided to the MCH population, and developing policies that are appropriate to identified needs. The MCHB cycle of performance and accountability begins with a needs assessment and the reporting of health status indicators, which indicate where the greatest program needs are.
Once the needs are determined, the State and Federal MCH programs determine program goals and priorities based on needs. Agencies then allocate resources to those priorities, indicating which types of MCH programs will be resourced.
Evaluation is critical to MCHB policy and program development, program management and funding. Findings from program evaluations and performance measurement become part of the ongoing needs assessment activities and inform efforts to influence policy for systems improvement.
Learning resources related to the MCH planning cycle are organized using five topical categories:
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January 2014; Updated August 2015