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Exploring New Opportunities for Evidence-Based Decision Making

      In this issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Yancey et al.
      • Yancey A.
      • Cole B.
      • McCarthy W.
      A graphical, computer-based decision-support tool to help decision makers evaluate policy options relating to physical activity.
      describe the creation of a graphical, computer-based decision-support tool for state and local public health decision makers to evaluate policies supporting increased population rates of physical activity. Currently, decision makers have to take action with insufficient evidence to determine salient policy strategies to promote physical activity, or to reduce complementary sedentary behaviors, in their states or communities.
      • Anderson L.M.
      • Brownson R.C.
      • Fullilove M.T.
      • et al.
      Evidence-based public health policy and practice: promises and limits.
      • Brownson R.C.
      • Chriqui J.F.
      • Stamatakis K.A.
      Understanding evidence-based public health policy.
      As noted by Yancey and colleagues,
      • Yancey A.
      • Cole B.
      • McCarthy W.
      A graphical, computer-based decision-support tool to help decision makers evaluate policy options relating to physical activity.
      this limited evidence poses significant barriers to state and local planning and decision-making efforts to weigh spending related to different policy alternatives, in the hope of achieving the most mileage from the investment of dwindling public health funds.
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