Impact, insights, and implications of the Systematic Screening and Assessment Method



The authors present both impressions and evidence about early impacts of the Systematic Screening and Assessment (SSA) Method as applied to childhood obesity prevention. They describe how the approach has rapidly identified policy and environmental interventions that are promising and worthy of further study, contributed to field knowledge about childhood obesity prevention, and encouraged further development of specific policies and environmental interventions. The SSA Method presents a new way of identifying promising interventions from the field. By stimulating discussion of real-world application among prevention researchers, it has contributed to developing a research agenda for policy and environmental approaches to prevention. By identifying real-world applications for formal evaluation, SSA facilitates a process parallel to translation of research to practice: that is, translation of practice to research. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the American Evaluation Association.