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AHRQ Performance Plans for FY 2002 and 2003 and Performance Report for FY 2001

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GPRA Goal 4—Fiscal Year 2002 Indicators

Objective 4.1:
Evaluate the impact of AHRQ-sponsored products in advancing methods to measure and improve health care.

Fiscal Year 2002 Indicators

  • Fund evaluation of the impact of the CERTS program in disseminating information regarding therapeutics to at least three health care providers or others in order to improve practice.
  • As a pilot approach to program evaluation, report on a citation analysis of results of one major research initiative to assess productivity and potential impact.
  • Fund evaluation of private sector use of AHRQ findings to identify at least five private sector uses of AHRQ findings, and describe any assessment of the impact on clinical practice and/or patient care.
  • Fund evaluation of the number and types of patient safety events reported to system grantees.
  • Fund the interim evaluation of the extent to which patient safety best practices, identified in July 2001 EPC report, have been adopted by health care institutions.
  • Report on the evaluation of HCUPnet and the HCUP Central Distributor and implement appropriate changes to each based on evaluation results.
  • Fund evaluation of how AHRQ funded and conducted research on low-income populations is used by policymakers.
  • Initiate evaluation of the effects of AHRQ's investment in Practice-Based Research Networks.
  • Evidence-based Practice Centers
    • Use of evidence reports and technology assessments to create quality improvement tools in at least 10 organizations.
    • Findings from at least three evidence reports or technology assessments will affect State or Federal health policy decisions.
    • Use of evidence reports or technology assessments or access to NGC site informed organizational decision making in at least four cases and resulted in changes in health care processes, quality, or health outcomes.
  • Patient Safety
    • User's panel (with composition similar to that of September 2000 patient safety research summit) will evaluate progress on patient safety research agenda defined by September 2000 summit. Evaluation criterion will be progress made in at least 50% of the research priorities as a result of the Agency's Fiscal Year 01 RFAs.
  • Training Programs
    • Establish continuous quality improvement systems for conducting process and outcome evaluations of new training and career development initiatives to help to ensure they are responsive to emerging needs and demands of the health care delivery system.

Objective 4.2:
Evaluate the impact of MEPS data and associated products on policymaking and research products.

Fiscal Year 2002 Indicators

  • Have a fully functional MEPS-based MEDSIM model to allow simulation of the potential impact of programmatic changes in health care financing and delivery December 2002.
  • Produce baseline Fiscal Year statistics on number of MEPS-based articles published in peer review journals.
  • Conduct customer satisfaction survey for MEPS workshop participants to assess how MEPS data is being used to inform research and public policy.
  • Develop marketing plan to promote the MEPS-IC data to state officials December 2002.
  • Increase by 15% over Fiscal Year 2001 baseline the number of examples of how research using MEPS has informed decisions by Federal, state and private sector policymakers.

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