The information below details the evaluation plan and data for each zone in the Best Babies Zone Initiative.

Best Babies Zone Evaluation Outcomes

This overview document presents the incremental outcomes that the Best Babies Zone Initiative is working towards in our efforts to address and reduce infant mortality. Click here to download the document.


Year Five of the BBZ evaluation tracked progress toward community outcomes in Hollygrove and Castlemont, and documented the overall evolution of the National Initiative and the transition to a TA Center. In order to collect relevant information in these areas, the evaluation used a mixed-methods approach that included a programmatic data tracker, key informant interviews, pre-technical assistance interviews, and focus groups. Click here to download the full report.


Year Four of the Best Babies Zone evaluation used a mixed methods approach to capture progress in each zone and across the BBZ Initiative. The report includes findings and best practices for developing unique zone programming, cultivating local partnerships, and exploring the concept and approaches for building a public health social movement. In addition to drawing conclusions and summarizing key findings, it presents recommendations for UC Berkeley and the BBZ Policy Corps, for zones, for other communities looking to pursue a similar approach, and for funders. Click  here to download the executive summary, and click here to download the full report.

Best Babies Zone Evaluation Report highlights for Years 1-3

The Best Babies Zone Summary Evaluation Report for Years 1 to 3 documents the progress of the national BBZ Initiative and local BBZ efforts during the first three years. The full report outlines achievements and challenges of this time period, including forming partnerships and building trust within each BBZ, developing site-specific strategies, beginning local BBZ programming and activities, and laying the foundation for community transformation. This evaluation report illustrates how BBZ is evolving, responding to the needs of the three zones, approaching the challenges of place-based, multi-sector work, and setting the stage for the next phase of the initiative.  Click here to download the full report, and click here to download an evaluation brief with report highlights.