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