Help & FAQS

Using the IMAPP

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How is the site different from other online data sources (Community Guide, HP2020, What Works for Health)?
    • IMAPP aims to be a “one stop shop” where users can search for and select evidence-based interventions appropriate for their communities as well as find resources that will assist in implementation. Users can also discuss interventions and contribute interventions/resources that they think would be useful to other communities.  Read the About Us page  for more details about the IMAPP.

  2. Why do we need/want a North Carolina database?
    • A North Carolina-specific site helps NC communities by tailoring interventions, resources, and funding opportunities to focus on NC priorities as identified by the Healthy NC 2020 Objectives and the NC Division of Public Health.  
  1. How do interventions get added? 
    • The initial set of interventions included in the site came from suggestions from the NC Division of Public Health and other experts affiliated with the Center for Public Health Quality. Users of the site are able to contribute interventions as well.  All interventions must meet the site’s inclusion and exclusion criteria.

  2. How often is it updated?
    • The interventions in IMAPP are reviewed semiannually. Interventions may be added at any time based on suggestions from DPH and site users. See contribute an intervention for more details.

  3. Why don't you include more diseases/conditions/etc.?
    • Prior to launching the site, we focused on the 5 priority focus areas for Healthy NC 2020 because these are the key topics on which communities across North Carolina are focused. We welcome users to contribute interventions on these focus areas as well as additional areas of interest.
  1. What makes an intervention evidence-based?
  2. How does IMAPP address evidence and health savings?
    • The IMAPP encourages communities to implement interventions that are evidence based. By choosing interventions that have been proven to work, communities are able to use their limited resources to have the greatest impact on health outcomes. In addition, the IMAPP provides return on investment details, when available, to help communities evaluate the cost-benefit tradeoffs for each EBI. 


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