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

Ann Behav Med. 2007 Oct;34(2):105-14. 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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Food Labeling
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Plan Implementation*
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Risk Factors
  • Trans Fatty Acids / adverse effects
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration


  • Trans Fatty Acids