Annals of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 105–114

Applying the RE-AIM framework to assess the public health impact of policy change


  • Stephanie Jilcott
    • University of North Carolina
  • Alice Ammerman
    • University of North Carolina
  • Janice Sommers
    • University of North Carolina
  • Russell E. Glasgow
    • Kaiser Permanent Colorado

DOI: 10.1007/BF02872666

Cite this article as:
Jilcott, S., Ammerman, A., Sommers, J. et al. ann. behav. med. (2007) 34: 105. doi:10.1007/BF02872666


Background and Purpose: Planning and evaluation models have been developed to assess the public health impact of health promotion interventions. However, few have been applied to health policies. There is an important need for models to help design and evaluate health policies.Methods: This article applies the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) planning and evaluation framework to health policies. We provide definitions and application examples for different policies.Results: As demonstrated by a case study, the RE-AIM dimensions and definitions can also apply to policies. Considerations regarding compliance and enforcement are presented to clarify the complex implementation dimension.Conclusions: The RE-AIM framework can be useful in estimating public health impact, comparing different health policies, planning policies designed for increased likelihood of success, and identifying areas for integration of policies with other health promotion strategies.

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