This action guide is developed to help evaluators, program implementers, and policy makers monitor and evaluate wearing masks as a community mitigation strategy. This is not meant for healthcare settings. This guide provides practical considerations and examples of evaluation questions, indicators, and data sources.

Approach for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Wearing Masks

Wearing masks can help communities slow the spread of COVID-19 when worn consistently and correctly by a majority of people in public settings and when masks are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting.

Please see CDC’s Considerations for Wearing Masks for information about how wearing masks can help reduce spread of COVID-19, for whom wearing a mask is or is not recommended, and considerations regarding implementation of mask-wearing as a COVID-19 community mitigation strategy.

This action guide tailors the logic model (depicted) for mask-wearing and the  CDC’s Approach for Monitoring and Evaluating Community Mitigation Strategies for COVID-19 for monitoring and evaluating mask-wearing.

Monitoring and evaluation enable stakeholders to examine their unique circumstances and make proactive decisions about what is best for their needs and context.

Monitoring and Evaluation Action Steps

To evaluate mask wearing as a community mitigation strategy, consider performing the following activities:

1 Indicators and data sources can be tailored to align with the context of the intended evaluation

2 Data sources related to COVID-19 Epidemiology, Community Characteristics, Healthcare Capacity, and Public Healthcare Capacity should refer to existing indicators: CDC COVID Data Tracker or CDC’s COVID Surveillance and Data Analytics page as well those being monitoring in your state/local jurisdiction.

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