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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 or send comments to Daniel Holcomb, CDC/ATSDR Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS D-74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to omb@cdc.gov.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Pre-Evaluation Assessments of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Programs and Policies—New—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

The causes of obesity in the United States are complex and numerous, and they occur at social, economic, environmental, and individual levels. To address the complex nature of obesity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages states to adopt public health strategies that address obesity through environmental change and policies. In 2009, CDC issued guidance outlining 24 community-based strategies that can be implemented to encourage healthy eating and active living.

CDC plans to collect information about the effectiveness, in practice, of a selected group of the 24 recommended strategies. Information will be collected through a systematic process for nominating, screening and assessing promising program interventions. The study is designed to highlight local achievements and identify the most promising strategies for further development, evaluation through rigorous methods, and dissemination for widespread use. Eligible respondents include states and jurisdictions that are funded through CDC's Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (NPAO) cooperative agreement program, states and jurisdictions that do not currently have NPAO funding, and other organizations.

CDC will solicit nominations for pre-evaluation assessment through on-line forums (e.g., obesity prevention listservs supported by CDC and other national partners, e-mail messages, and an announcement posted on CDC's NPAO Web site). CDC will select programs for assessment by reviewing completed program nomination forms, which can be submitted on-line or in hardcopy format. The program nomination form is designed to provide information enabling an initial assessment of each candidate program's suitability for further evaluation. The topics addressed in this form include a general program description, an overview of organizational capacity, and a summary of the program's potential impact, reach to target population, feasibility, transportability, acceptability to stakeholders, and sustainability.

Up to 23 initiatives will be selected for pre-assessment evaluation over a two-year period. Selected initiatives will receive FAQs to help them understand the process, effort entailed, and public health benefit. They will also be asked to provide additional information supporting coordination of a site visit and interviews with key informants.

The primary information collection involves semi-structured, in-person interviews with approximately 12 key informants at each participating site, including: The lead administrator (1), program staff (3), evaluator (1), and community partners and other stakeholders (7). Community partners and other stakeholders will be drawn from both the private sector and the state, local, and Tribal government sector. The topics to be addressed during the site visit interviews include history and description of the initiative, stakeholder involvement, evaluation plans, and funding. Site reviewers will also collect contextual information about program implementation through direct observation, which does not entail burden to respondents.

Results will be used to identify promising practices in nutrition, physical activity, and obesity used by NPAO grantees and others in the obesity prevention field; provide feedback and technical assistance to each initiative's developers, implementers and managers; and assess the evaluation readiness of obesity prevention initiatives, thereby encouraging the judicious use of scarce evaluation resources.

OMB approval will be requested for two years. Authority to collect information is provided to CDC under Sections 301 (a) and 317 (k) of the Public Health Service Act. CDC anticipates reviewing approximately 51 program nomination forms per year. Site visits will be conducted with an average of 12 programs per year.

Participation is voluntary. There are no costs to respondents other than their time.Start Printed Page 54473

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAvg. burden per response (in hrs)Total burden (in hrs)
NominatorNomination Form511151
Lead AdministratorSite Visit Availability Calendar121112
Suggested Interviewees Form121112
Site Visit Schedule Instructions and Template121560
Interview Guide for Lead Administrator121224
EvaluatorInterview Guide for Evaluator121112
Program StaffInterview Guide for Program Staff361136
State, Local and Tribal Govt. Sector PartnersInterview Guide for Community Partners and Other Stakeholders481148
Private Sector PartnersInterview Guide for Community Partners and Other Stakeholders361136
Total291
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Date: August 26, 2011.

Daniel Holcomb,

Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2011-22384 Filed 8-31-11; 8:45 am]

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