Evaluation of the Boston Overdose Data to Action (OD2A): LOCAL program

Client: Boston Public Health Commission
Topic Areas: Behavioral health and substance use; Healthcare delivery systems; Social determinants of health
Service: Participatory Evaluation

The City of Boston received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A): LOCAL program. With this funding, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will be implementing a set of initiatives focused on reducing overdoses and overdose mortality among priority populations in Boston, including Black, Latinx, unhoused, and formerly incarcerated people. Initiatives include naloxone distribution, overdose rescue trainings, enhancing substance use navigation and addiction treatment services at community health centers, providing clinical trainings, and creating an overdose data dashboard. ICH will support needs assessment activities and will lead a mixed methods evaluation of these initiatives, including process tracking, surveys, and qualitative interviews. The evaluation will produce data that are aligned with CDC performance measures as well as BPHC’s learning goals. Throughout the evaluation, ICH will work closely with BPHC and other key partners, including the Grayken Center for Addiction and funded CHCs, to facilitate the use of data for learning and improvement.