Step 3b: Description of baseline situation

To estimate the impact of the proposed action or actions, it is important to know what the baseline situation is with respect to all relevant health outcomes, health determinants and the inequalities in these health measures. Baseline information was already (largely) obtained within the needs assessment phase of this toolkit. It should encompass a profile of the population with respect to the most important health outcomes, the determinants of health and the inequalities in these health outcomes and determinants.

In addition, it may be useful to assess the opinions of important stakeholders (as defined in the scoping phase) with respect to the areas the policy or intervention addresses. This information may provide useful insights into the feasibility and acceptability of the proposed action and into potential barriers and facilitators in implementing the proposed action.

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