Evaluating Social Determinants of Health in Community Development Projects

David Fleming, Hilary Karasz, and Kirsten Wysen of the Seattle & King County Health Department discuss the importance and challenges of evaluating community development projects for health outcomes and impacts. They claim that “in theory, evaluations quantifying the health improvements resulting from well-designed community development projects should be plentiful and broadly disseminated. Unfortunately, practice has not caught up with theory, and our evaluation cupboards are mostly bare.”