The Center for Public Health System Sciences (CPHSS) at Washington University in St. Louis has developed the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT) to help public health programs understand and build capacity for sustainability over time.
The PSAT is based on a sustainability framework consisting of eight domains, which are depicted and described in the figure below. To ensure alignment with the framework domains, the PSAT was tested for reliability with more than 550 individuals and more than 250 unique programs at the state and local levels. Case studies include a diabetes prevention and education program and a tobacco control and prevention program.
Individuals can use the tool on their own to assess their program or invite others, including external stakeholders and partners, to assess the program as a group. The assessment consists of 40 questions and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes for each individual to complete.
The benefits of the PSAT include the following:
- free online access for individuals and groups of 12 or fewer
- individual response anonymity if done in a group
- ease of use with a web-generated report summarizing results
- aligned sustainability planning resources, such as action plan templates, with suggestions for next steps in each domain
CPHSS also offers a variety of capacity-building and sustainability planning services centered around the PSAT.