Performance Improvement 2010. Carry Out Effective Data Collection

01/01/2010

A study explored how implementing a web-based Uniform Data Set could be used to assess results of program-funded activities.  This project completed, implemented, and maintained the data set, an online mechanism developed for the Office of Minority Health to systematically collect standardized grantee project activity data for program performance reporting purposes.  Because the data set was not initially developed as an outcome-based data collection tool, program and project performance has been based more on process measures than measures of intervention effectiveness, cost efficiency, and/or affects on communities of color.  As such, the data collected has been used primarily for reports on an OMB approved measure of efficiency.  The data set is being revamped to be more outcome-oriented and to ensure a link between grantee, OMH, and national progress in achieving racial/ethnic minority health goals.  Web-based performance data collection systems such as this one can be useful and efficient managerial tools for gathering, aggregating, and reporting program results. (8232

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