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Evidence-Based Decision Making

Evidence-Based Decision Making

About Transformation

The Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Core’s approach provides a broad range of content and learning methods that integrate and optimize the combined expertise of Core partners. The EBDM Core’s approach links theory to practice, aligns content to respond to stage-appropriate needs, and integrates high quality training and support for real world application of evidence-based decision making practices. The EBDM Core will help Title V leaders and staff define and prepare the state and local staff that together will design, deliver, and improve selected evidence based interventions.

Title V leaders and staff have an incredible opportunity with the transformation of the Block Grant to drive population level change with national performance measures (NPMs). At the same time, Block Grant transformation leverages local capacity to design, deliver and assess effective MCH programs that ‘move the needle’ on the NPMs. This opportunity brings with it the significant challenge of managing and maximizing resources to drive and sustain improvement. The Evidence-based Decision Making (EBDM) Core integrates the principles and processes of results-based accountability to ensure that the Title V workforce has the knowledge, skills and competencies to successfully meet this opportunity.

Learn More with these Short Videos:

The framework is dynamic in that there are many ways to use it. Some key considerations:

  • We may ‘jump into the cycle’ at any point based on what our center clients bring to the table.
  • Clients have varying levels of capacity and experience relevant to the cycle.
  • Clients may not recognize their work as presented by the framework.
  • Key partners (e.g. The Evidence Center) can be identified along the cycle.
  • The EBDM framework should be understood as bridging multiple systems and sectors.
  • Other frameworks overlap with and/or for within this cycle.

Learn more about the process here: EBDM Part 2: Active Implementation Stages:

Tool: To accompany the video, please use this tool, Implementation Stages Planning Tool (formerly “Stages of Implementation Analysis: Where Are We”) (National Implementation Science Tetwork, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

Start Here with the EBDM Toolkit

New for 2021! The EBDM Toolkit uses a five-domain Action Framework to guide you through the process of evidence-based decision making, provides video introductions and tools, and provides trainings related to cross-cutting priorities.

More EBDM Resources

Identifying and Using Evidence-Based/Informed Resources to Address MCH Issues Training Brief (MCH Navigator)

Evidence Briefs (NCEMCH)

Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH Programs (MCH Evidence Center)

The National Implementation Research Network's Active Implementation Hub (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's FPG Child Development Institute)

Learn More. For more training materials compiled from the field, see the MCH Navigator's Evidence-Based Decision Making learning module in the Public Health Pronto microlearning program.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.