Trainings

Trainings

Life of a Benchmark or Benchmarks for Real Life

URL 1: http://www.nwcphp.org/docs/mch/20131212/index.html

Date Developed: 12/12/2013. Source: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Presenter(s): Kathleen Anger, PhD. Type: Video Webinar. Level: Introductory. Length: 58 minutes.

Annotation

State and tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs are required to measure program processes and participant outcomes for 35 constructs categorized into six benchmark topic areas. Programs must show improvement in at least 50% of the construct measures within at least four of the benchmark areas.

This webinar examines lessons learned from Oregon’s MIECHV experience and principles that can be used for selection and use of performance measures. By stepping through the entire process from measure selection and definition, through data collection and analysis, and interpretation and use of measures in continuous quality improvement (CQI), the webinar illustrates the interconnection of the steps in the process, intended and unintended consequences of each step, and the balance between data goals and program goals.

Learning Objectives

• Describe at least 3 examples of how decisions made at one stage of designing and using performance measures can affect quality and efficiency at other stages.

• State at least 3 actions to take or to avoid when designing performance measures, data collection processes, and continuous quality improvement programs (CQI).

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.