AMCHP is excited to announce that we will be launching the Evidence-Informed Policy Track of the MCH Innovations Database during our MCH Innovations Fall 2021 Review. The goal of the Policy Track is to identify model examples of evidence-informed MCH policies that policymakers and MCH professionals can use as blueprints to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of future policies that benefit MCH populations. Policies considered for this track include both “Big P” (e.g., public or governmental policies) and “little p” policies (e.g., private or non-governmental policies). Policies are reviewed along four dimensions – Evidence, Equity, Relevance, and Impact. Check out the videos below to learn more.
Through its online repository of MCH policies, AMCHP shares practice-based evidence and helps states, jurisdictions, and communities identify potential policy solutions to MCH issues in their area. The Policy Track identifies model examples of MCH policies that can serve as blueprints for policymakers, MCH professionals, and advocates to inform future policy work to benefit MCH populations. AMCHP stresses that evidence-informed policy should be equitable, relevant, unbiased, and should lead to improved MCH outcomes, while being informed by the best available evidence.
AMCHP’s Evidence-informed policy definition
AMCHP defines evidence-informed MCH policy according to the following statement:
Evidence-informed MCH policy should be equitable, relevant, unbiased, and should lead to significant outcomes that improve the health of women, children, families, and communities. Successful MCH policy is informed in its development, implementation, and evaluation by the best available evidence, including input from affected populations, data, scientific research, and rigorous on-going evaluation. MCH policymaking occurs at all levels and settings, from community-based organizations, to state governments to federal agencies.
Check out the videos below to learn more:
Overview of “Big P” and “little p” Policy
Evidence-Informed Policy Track Overview
New Mexico Evidence-Informed Policy Example
how Are policy submissions reviewed?
All submissions to the policy track are reviewed by a team of reviewers with MCH policy knowledge who assess each policy along four dimensions: Evidence, Equity, Relevance, and Impact. Check out the “Evidence-Informed Policy Track Overview” video above to learn more about these dimensions.
Using these dimensions, the track assesses policy submissions to the database to determine if they are an example of Evidence-Informed Policy Development, Policy Implementation, and/or Policy Evaluation. In reviewing policy submissions, AMCHP’s goal is to be as inclusive as possible. All examples that meet the review criteria are accepted to the database. See the designation descriptions below for more information:
Interested in submitting?
Visit our Submit a Policy page to access our submission forms.