Surveillance and Evaluation

General Surveillance Systems | Youth Surveillance Systems | Other Resources

General Surveillance Systems

Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
CDC’s ongoing telephone health survey system; tracks health conditions and risk behaviors

Current Population Survey (CPS)
Monthly survey of the U.S. labor force conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fed Stats
Portal to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies

Helping Smokers Quit report
American Lung Association. This report provides an overview of smoking cessation services and treatments available in each state by Medicaid, Medicare, state employee plans, quitlines, and private insurance. It provides specific examples of successful cessation policies and programs created on both the state and federal level.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
CDC’s program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States; consists of interviews and physical examinations

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau on a broad range of health topics through household interviews

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Survey of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use in the general U.S. youth and adult population; conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Youth Surveillance Systems

Monitoring the Future Surveys (MTF)
Ongoing federally-funded study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American youth and young adults

National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)
School-based survey which generates nationally representative data on tobacco-related beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco influences

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Monitors health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults; includes a national school-based survey conducted by the CDC, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys

Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS)
School-based state survey administered with technical assistance from CDC; state estimates of prevalence of youth tobacco use can be compared to national data from NYTS


Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health - Surveillance and Evaluation
This website provides state data and statistics on tobacco use. Guidelines and resources are provided to aid in tobacco control program evaluation.


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports – Tobacco-related articles (MMWR)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This website lists tobacco-related MMWR articles from 1999 to present. Articles may be searched by year or by topic.


National Center for Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics is the principal health statistics agency in the U.S. This website includes an overview of the Center’s major data collection activities, reports on survey findings, and downloadable data sets.


Power of Proof: An Evaluation Primer
Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC). This guide was produced to help tobacco control professionals demonstrate the success of their programs through evaluation. This resource will give those who are new to evaluation, and those who want to brush up on their skills, access to a collection of introductory information, tools, and resources from experts in the field.  Power of Proof can either be accessed as a series of online educational tools or in a printer-friendly PDF.


Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The SAMMEC system is an online application that allows users to estimate the health and health-related economic consequences of smoking among adults and infants. SAMMEC has two different modules: Adult SAMMEC and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) SAMMEC. Users of the system can choose from several measures of smoking-related costs, and access state-specific data for varying time periods. Registered users can generate and save reports on smoking-attributable mortality, years of potential life lost, productivity loss, and healthcare expenditures.


State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The STATE System is an electronic data warehouse containing up-to-date and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control. It contains data on tobacco-related behaviors, demographics, economics, environment, funding, health consequences, costs, and legislative topics. Users of the STATE System can build reports on each category of data in a variety of formats.


Surveillance and Evaluation Webinar Archives
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health. The ongoing Surveillance and Evaluation webinar series provides information on evaluation best and promising practices and describes the role of evaluation in tobacco control work. The webinar series was originally designed for state surveillance and evaluation staff, but the material covers a variety of interesting and emerging topics in surveillance and evaluation that are valuable to other public health professionals. Each conference consists of a lecture followed by a question and answer session. Presentation slides and recordings have been archived.


University of Wisconsin – Extension: Evaluation Publications
University of Wisconsin – Extension, Program Development and Evaluation. These practical, easy-to-use guides have been designed to assist with the planning and implementation of credible and useful evaluations. One of the guides, Evaluating Collaboratives: Reaching the Potential, provides strategies for evaluating the work of partnerships, coalitions, and collaboratives.


Last updated 6/15/15