HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS AND QUALITY OUTCOMES – Discussion 9 (Grading Rubic and Media Attached)

Discussion: Using Evaluation Tools to Assess Quality Improvement Efforts
Evaluation is a critical component of any quality improvement plan. This week you examine evaluation tools that can be used to monitor quality improvement efforts and consider how to appropriately measure outcomes. In addition you explore the value of metrics for communicating this information.
Also this week you continue to develop your Course Project by synthesizing your analysis and recommendations into an action plan for a quality improvement initiative.
Like most other things in life outcomes are the bottom line with respect to measurement of success along the path of quality improvement. However without a careful analysis of the link between access process and structure of care improvements in outcomes seem unattainable.
Sadeghi Barzi Mikhail & Shabot 2013
In this Discussion you consider how to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the results of quality improvement initiatives. In addition you discuss the significance of evaluation and how you as a nurse leader-manager can contribute in an organization to the large-scale goal of facilitating quality improvement.
To prepare:
Review methods for measuring and evaluating quality improvement efforts presented in the Learning Resources. Pay particular attention to how and why it is important to measure outcomes.
Select one evaluation tool and analyze its benefits and relevance for the quality improvement plan you are developing for your Course Project.
Consider how you as a nurse leader-manager can use the results from the evaluation to support the organizations overarching goals for quality improvement.
Post a brief description of the evaluation tool that you selected. Explain the benefits of applying this tool as part of your quality improvement plan in the Course Project. Also explain how you could use the results from the evaluation to support the organizations overarching goals for quality improvement.
Read a selection of your colleagues responses.
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days using one or more of the following approaches:
Suggest an alternative evaluation tool and support your suggestion with evidence from current research literature.
Share an insight from having read your colleagues postings synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
Validate an idea with your own experience and additional resources.
Required Readings
Hickey J. V. & Brosnan C. A. (2017). Evaluation of health care quality in for DNPs (2nd ed.). New York NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Review Chapter 3 Conceptual Models for Evaluation in Advanced Nursing Practice (pp. 61-86) (assigned in Week 3)
Sadeghi S. Barzi A. Mikhail O. & Shabot M. M. (2013). Integrating quality and strategy in health care organizations Burlington MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Review Chapter 8 Quantifying the Quality Performance Gaps (pp. 161177) (assigned in Week 6)
The authors focus on performance measures with particular focus on the relationship between financial and quality performance.
Review Chapter 9 Closing the Gaps (pp. 179194) (assigned in Week 7)
This chapter explains how to utilize data collected during the evaluation stage in order to improve the quality of health care.
Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the quality chasm: A new health system for the 21st century. Washington DC: National Academy Press.
Retrieved from
This report outlines the Institute of Medicines (IOMs) six aims to improve the quality of health care. Review this information through the lens of evaluation. (Assigned in a previous week.)
Kaplan R. S. & Norton D. P. (1992). The balanced scorecardMeasures that drive performance. Harvard Business Review 70(1) 7179.
Retrieved from
In this seminal article the authors introduce the use of a new performance measurement system called the balanced scorecard. The balanced scorecard provides a comprehensive framework for leaders and managers to align strategic objectives with performance measures.
Kaplan R. S. & Norton D. P. (1996). Linking the balanced scorecard to strategy. California Management Review 39(1) 5379.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
In this early follow-up article Kaplan and Norton further explain research on the use and application of the balanced scorecard.
Balanced Scorecard Institute. (2012). What is the balanced scorecard? Retrieved from
Institute for Healthcare Improvement. (2012b). The IHI triple aim. Retrieved from
Optional Resources
Marr B. (2012). What is a balanced scorecard? Retrieved from
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