Data Sources and Methods

Healthy People relies on high-quality data to measure progress toward meeting national objectives. The site is updated regularly as new data become available.

Target-Setting Methods

Workgroups made up of federal subject matter experts set targets for Healthy People objectives with statistical guidance from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). More information related to targets is available on each objective’s Data Methodology and Measurement page.

Read about how we set targets for objectives

About the National Center for Health Statistics

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) tracks, analyzes, and disseminates the data for Healthy People 2030 objectives throughout the decade.

NCHS also conducts research and develops methods for measuring progress toward achieving Healthy People objectives and overarching goals, including measurement of health disparities and health equity.