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Resources by Topic: Evaluation methods and resources

Improving the Use and Effectiveness of Community Advisory Boards
Presents an overview of an initiative by the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR) to develop guidelines for Community Advisory Boards (CABs). Describes the role of CABs in community engagement, and the need for tools to improve the use and effectiveness of CABs. Discusses the evolution of CIEHR's CAB guidelines.
Citation: Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Newsletter, 11(7)
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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CAHMPAS Financial Data Revisions
Provides an overview of new and revised financial indicators included in the Critical Access Hospital Measurement and Performance Assessment System (CAHMPAS) tool. Discusses the revised indicator framework and provides benchmarks and percentiles for all indicators for 2017 and 2018.
Author(s): Savannah Stallings, Ann Howard, George Pink, Kristin Reiter
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Burnout: Measurement Tool(s), Cause(s) and Impact(s)
Reports on what is known about burnout among rural healthcare providers, highlighting several research studies. Discusses the impact of burnout on turnover, productivity, healthcare quality, and safety.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Performance Management/Program Evaluation Guide: Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program
Offers guidance to state Flex program coordinators to incorporate performance management and evaluation into Flex program operations as required by the Flex Program Cooperative Agreement. Supports the state's capacity for assessing program activities, making improvements, and establishing if activities are effective. Defines key terms and concepts, discusses reporting requirements, demonstrates a performance year work plan, covers data collection, and provides examples of goals and measures to be included in the evaluation plan.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Community Care Alliance, a Western Health Care Alliance Company
Interviews leaders of a health network in rural Colorado that is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regarding their network organization, accomplishments, challenges, and best practices. Addresses data analytics and financial measures for evaluating network progress and impact.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Trends in the Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Rural Health Systems: Synthesis of Real-World Examples from Two Grantee Cohorts
A poster on how rural communities are identifying, adapting, and implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) based on a study of two cohorts in 68 communities as part of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Grant Program and the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program. Identifies successful approaches and challenges faced.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol
Standardized review instrument to conduct operational site visits at health centers in rural and urban areas. Can be used to assess health centers' compliance with federal program requirements and to identify clinical and financial performance improvement areas.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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CDC as a Rural Resource: Q&A with Diane Hall
An interview with Diane Hall, Senior Policy Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Highlights CDC's work in rural health, the role of data collection in program evaluation, and how rural communities can use CDC as a resource.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project: Methodology and Results Summary
Describes the methodology used to determine the first set of abridged period life tables for U.S. census tracts from 2010 to 2015 for the District of Columbia and all states excluding Maine and Wisconsin. Provides statistics on small-area life expectancy at birth, and life expectancy at birth and population educational attainment by census tract.
Author(s): Elizabeth Arias, Loraine A. Escobedo, Jocelyn Kennedy, Chunxia Fu, Jodi Cisewski
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics
Describes 4 steps to help rural clinics and hospitals develop and maintain cybersecurity programs: awareness, assessment, implementation and remediation, and education. Includes a list of resources, checklists, and tools appropriate for all users.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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