Community health program evaluation using accreditation as a framework.


Increasingly, health system leaders seek to determine whether community health interventions make a difference to individuals in the community. However, community health improvement is difficult to measure, and health system staff may not be familiar with evaluation research methods. Health care organizations can improve their evaluation efforts relatively easily by building on what they already know: the Joint Commission accreditation process. By using accreditation as a framework, community health evaluation may be seen as more approachable when viewed through that lens. This article provides a framework for practical approaches to program planning, evaluation, and sustainability. Joint Commission accreditation functions (chapters) are similar to health program goals. Standards are similar to program objectives. Elements of performance are similar to activities or methods. Scoring comparisons are similar to measures.

DOI: 10.1177/0163278708328742

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@article{Severance2009CommunityHP, title={Community health program evaluation using accreditation as a framework.}, author={Janet Hahn Severance}, journal={Evaluation & the health professions}, year={2009}, volume={32 1}, pages={59-68} }