Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance Criteria

Scientific Research/Data Focus

Overall Presentation/Quality

Reviewer's overall impression of the quality of the abstract?

Reviewer’s overall impression of clarity of abstract?

Conclusions clear and supported by data?


Approach creative/original?

New or cutting edge information developed?

Challenges existing paradigms or address critical barriers to advancing the field?

Employs novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technology?


Study concept and design appropriate for the identified purpose of the study?

Data appropriate for the study question?

Clear how key variables were defined and measured?

Clear what statistical methods were used for analysis; and are they appropriate?

Implications for Public Health Practice/Policy/Research

Increases knowledge and/or improves public health practice significantly?

Addresses an important understudied public health issue/topic?

Provides new information on a well-studied public health issue/topic?

Findings are applicable to a wide audience?

Program/Policy Focus

Abstract Content

The author included the recommended elements
(Issue, Setting, Project, Accomplishments/Results, Barriers, Lessons Learned).

Abstract Quality

The ideas were developed, the concepts communicated, and the findings presented clearly and insufficient detail to understand what was done.


The initiative introduces a new idea, method or approach to an MCH issue, uses resources in new ways, or uses old methods in a new setting.

Grounded in Evidence

Evidence was provided that the issue or problem was important. The initiative was evidence-based, or some evidence was presented that it was likely to be effective in addressing this problem.


The initiative’s evaluation plan was described. The evaluation addressed knowledge, behaviors and/or outcomes of target populations (not just program activities).


The initiative appears or “promises” to be effective and replicable OR it produced lessons that can be valuable in creating more effective programs and policies.

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