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Table II.1. Summary of Evaluation Design

Purpose
(area of interest)

Key Measures

Data Source

Analytic Method

Impact of Grant
(Evaluation Question 1)

Who was reached?

Did practices change?

Any observable impact on care outcomes?

Grantee self-assessment PFQ progress reports Interviews with selected grantee targets

Synthesize information by grantee and across grantees

Generation of partnerships and infrastructure important to sustaining change
(Evaluation Question 2)

Strength and sustainability of partnerships?

Adequacy of communication flows and buy-in to decisions

Quality of activities undertaken?

Ability to obtain support from other ongoing processes and structures?

Likelihood activities would have occurred without PFQ?

Interviews with AHRQ staff, grantees, and selected grantee targets

MPR assessment of contribution of partnerships to outcomes

Program and coordinating committee documents

Synthesize information by grantee and across grantees

Adequacy of AHRQ program support and oversight
(Evaluation Question 3)

Effective substantive grantee guidance?

Oversight of timeliness and performance?

Effective grant management?

Adequate AHRQ linkages?

Interviews with AHRQ staff and grantees

Grantee progress reports PFQ database use

PFQ Web site use

Observation of AHRQCoPs meetings

Synthesize information across areas of interest program-wide

PFQ's continuation to enhance quality and outcomes consistent with AHRQ's and HHS' strategic goals
(Evaluation Question 4)

Appropriate grantees and linkages?

Execution of concrete efforts to promote evidence-based quality improvement with "reach"?

Effective linkages and contributions to broader context?

Grantee applications and progress reports

Interviews with AHRQ staff and grantees

Program and AHRQCoPs documents

Synthesize information by grantee and across grantees

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