Outcome Evaluation Plan
An outcome evaluation plan is very crucial in enabling the staff to undertake and assess their work. Evaluation plan can be adopted in many areas such as social work, healthcare settings, among others. With the evaluation plan that focuses on the outcomes, public health care programs can be implemented smoothly (Rushforth, 2012). This paper aims to discuss the outcome evaluation plan for the public healthcare program.
For the public health organizations to continue offering the best health services as well as obtaining funding from other institutions, it is imperative for them to provide evidence-based on their service delivery. According to Eushforth (2012), the reasons for providing the evaluation plan are to ensure that there is enough planning, execution of the program goals, and ensuring that ethics are maintained in public healthcare. In answering the question on the purpose of this evaluation plan, the primary objective is to ensure that there is improved access to public healthcare to all people, by enhancing service delivery to the public.
Based on the evaluation plan under consideration, it is trying to answer several questions. The first question to be answered is, what is the progress made for the implementation of the program. The second question that this paper is trying to answer, what is the impact of the program on the public (Rural Health, 2016). In responding to these questions that have been raised in this report, implementation activities are stereotypically found in the program work plan. Program implementation is solely based on tracking the program activities, strategic planning, among others, within healthcare. Implementation of the program can be measured by identifying the number of people served, the stakeholders involved, etc. The second question on the impact of the program is based on various measuring objectives such as identification of the mortality and morbidity numbers and quality measurements of the electronic clinical results
The outcomes to be measured in the evaluation plan will be qualitative. For example, measuring the delivery of lab results to present the program outcomes and status. This will include using scorecards and providing a report on whether the targets have been et or not. Providing such results can help the stakeholders to quickly identify the objectives that need to be adjusted to yield the expected results (Rural Health, 2016). Measuring the program outcomes requires proper planning and may involve measuring the essential data sample. Such data include measuring the project objectives, measuring the actual evidence based on the success of the specified measurements. Additionally, when providing such analyses, it is worthwhile to identify the frequency of data collection, as well as the person responsible for data collection.
Evaluation of both short term as well as long-term outcomes is paramount. Long term-outcome is measured based on changes and complexity of the program objective. This may also measure for a long time to obtain the expected outcomes. For the case of short-term outcomes of the program, they are mostly based on the short-term goals of the program. Such goals can be measured and assessed daily or on a regular basis. In using the outcome model as per this outcome evaluation plan, the proposed model is known as the Logical Model Approach, which is critical in planning for the future (Rural Health, 2016). The above model will be applied my mapping the outcomes as well as the objectives for the program.
The outcome evaluation report will be solely read and used by the public healthcare workers, who will directly be involved in realizing the objectives of this program. Such workers include the management, medical practitioners, among others. Public health workers will use the information provided in this report in improving their service delivery to the public, such as attending the patients in the laboratory. The resources needed to implement the evaluation plan include money, as well as the time factor. These resources may impact the research methods, especially in terms of data collection from the respondents.
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