The Program Sustainability Framework and Assessment Tool was developed at the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), a public health research center at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Our Center is a recognized leader in public health systems research and evaluation. Our vision is to shape public health systems and policies, leading to healthier individuals and communities.
Our Center’s sustainability work began in 2003 with Project LEaP, a thorough process evaluation examining effects of funding reductions on eight state tobacco control programs. Understanding sustainability is a challenge not only for public health, but also social service and clinical care programs, in 2010 we began developing, refining and disseminating the Program Sustainability Framework and Assessment Tool. The final tool has been reliability tested and can be used by programs in many levels and settings to better understand and plan for their sustainability.
Douglas Luke, PhD is the Sustainability Project’s Principal Investigator.