Performance Improvement 2009. What Criteria Can Be Used to Identify Effective Evidence-Based Outcome Indicators of Program Progress?


Researchers reviewed scientific studies to identify indicators (data points) that could effectively assess progress in reaching heart disease and stroke prevention goals. A comprehensive set of indicators was identified for four key areas: hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke signs and symptoms and improving emergency response, and quality of care.

The indicator project has made it possible for public health entities to quickly and efficiently identify scientifically valid indicators to measure the effectiveness and progress of their programs. For assessing outcome indicators, researchers used the following criteria: (1) quality relative to evaluating state programs, (2) resources needed to collect and analyze data, (3) strength evidence that the indicator supports the assumption that implementing interventions will effect change, (4) utility for answering evaluation questions, (5) validity of data derived, and (6) consistency with accepted practice.

Report Title: Evaluation Indicators for the National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program: High Blood Pressure Control; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Julie Zajac, 404-498-4381
Performer: Research Triangle Institute
PIC ID: 9023

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