Public Health

PRG assists community-based organizations, state government agencies, and national organizations in their efforts to address a range of important challenges and issues in the promotion of health. We have helped our clients with evaluation and research services for programs and initiatives that aim to build capacity and improve health outcomes for HIV/AIDS, child and maternal health, behavioral health, teen pregnancy, suicide prevention, violence prevention, and substance abuse.

Since 2004, PRG has provided a range of research and evaluation services to inform policymakers, public health, and medical professionals and to communicate those findings with clarity. We assist clients with a broad range of data collection and management, measurement, epidemiological, and statistical expertise.

PRG principals and analysts work in close coordination with state and local public health officials, community-focused, and national public health leaders to better understand the needs of certain populations, improve program implementation, and help improve the effectiveness of service delivery.

Examples of some recent research and evaluation work include:

+ Comparison group analysis of a CDC-funded demonstration project aimed toward improving linkage to and retention in care for HIV positive individuals

+ A five-year evaluation of a Kellogg-funded American Public Health Association capacity building project working to increase the capacity of the 53 participating affiliates;

+ Two four-year randomized controlled trials of two teen pregnancy prevention curricula;

+ Evaluation of multiple SAMHSA-funded substance abuse treatment and prevention programs;

+ An implementation study, cost study, and impact study of a project targeting better identification and treatment of trauma within the child welfare system;

+ A statewide needs assessment for Maternal and Child Health Title V funding through a survey of physicians and consumer focus groups.

PRG is a leader in economical rigorous efficacy research at the programming level. We have years of experience in research and evaluation using cost-effective experimental and quasi-experimental designs for the purposes of causal inference. We have particular expertise in data collection efforts involving hard-to reach populations, including adolescents. We continue to develop analytic frameworks and data collection techniques that provide our clients with insight on the perceptions, reach, fidelity, and efficacy of their efforts to improve health outcomes.

As a mid-size firm, PRG is able to remain responsive to clients and agile in our approach. We remain closely attuned to the concerns and obligations of our clients. We consistently work to communicate with clarity in new and productive ways. PRG helps clients by providing responsive and transparent formative assessments at any stage of development. PRG’s research has helped inform program and policy decisions at non-profits such as the American Public Health Association (APHA) and at various federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).