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Oct 13 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites public comments by December 13, 2021 regarding the Evaluation Reporting Template for National and State Tobacco Control Program.
CDC's Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) created the National and State Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) in 1999 to encourage coordinated, national efforts to reduce tobacco-related diseases and deaths. The NTCP provides funding and technical support to state and territorial health departments. NTCP funds 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. NTCP-funded programs are working to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, promote quitting among adults and youth, prevent initiation among youth and young adults, and identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities. To reach these goals, the programs implement State and Community Interventions, Mass-Reach Health Communication Interventions, Tobacco Use and Dependence Treatment Interventions, and conduct Surveillance and evaluation.

This information collection project supports the NTCP state and territorial tobacco program managers, administrators, and evaluators by specifying which information should be included in their annual evaluation reports. Furthermore, the information collected via this form will allow CDC's OSH to monitor and evaluate program performance; document facilitators and barriers, lessons learned, and promising practices; establish processes to support continuous program improvement and development; and assess the effectiveness and outcomes of the NTCP.

This new information collection request (ICR) pertains to the form titled “Evaluation Reporting Template (ERT) for National and State Tobacco Control Program.” The collection of this information is part of a federal reporting requirement for funds received by NTCP recipients. The information collection form will consolidate information necessary for evaluation of the NTCP. The data collected through ERT was compared to all other potential evaluation data sources and designed not to duplicate any information collected in other tools. Although other NTCP data collection tools are currently in use to collect data for NTCP (Monitoring and Reporting System for the National Tobacco Control Program; OMB Control #: 0920-1097, Exp. 04/30/2023), these existing data collection tools are focused on financial and programmatic management, program implementation, and performance measurement. By contrast, the ERT will collect process and outcome evaluation findings resulting from individual evaluations designed by each NTCP recipient. Findings will include contextual factors, indicators, lessons learned, and information about health equities and health disparities. Recipients will use the ERT to report information to CDC about their Tobacco Control Program evaluation findings. Each recipient will submit an Annual Evaluation Report template using the Microsoft Word-based Evaluation Reporting Tool.

CDC National and State Tobacco Control Program: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/tobacco-control/index.htm
NTCP ERT draft materials, including form and technical documentation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tjave23okyk3pog/evaluationreportingtemplatefornationalandstatetobacco.zip?dl=0
FR notice inviting public comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/10/13/2021-22178/proposed-data-collection-submitted-for-public-comment-and-recommendations

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