Access the Final Report: Guidance for Evaluating Usability and Use of Performance Measures
NQF currently uses four criteria to evaluate performance measures, including Usability, which is intended to ascertain whether users of a measure—consumers, purchasers, providers, and policymakers—will be able to understand the results and find them useful for quality improvement and decision-making. Steering committees could benefit from more guidance and support to consistently apply the Usability measure evaluation criteria, so NQF convened a nine-member task force to assist in developing operational guidance. The task force will address the following tasks:
- Review and refine the NQF Usability criterion and sub-criteria;
- Develop operational guidance related to the measure evaluation criteria for Usability and recommendations regarding reporting performance results (e.g., classification methods used for public reporting and other accountability applications); and
- Identify the types of information that measures stewards will be expected to submit to NQF at the time of endorsement and maintenance to demonstrate usability.
The Task Force held one in-person meeting on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, and will hold several conference calls to complete its work by the end of the calendar year. A draft report will be posted for public comment in fall 2011 before action by the Consensus Standards Approval Committee (CSAC) and Board.
PUBLIC AND MEMBER COMMENT
OCTOBER 3, 2011 9:00 AM - OCTOBER 24, 2011 6:00 PM
The Usability Task Force draft report on measure evaluation criteria was available for public and member comment as a whole and specific recommendations put forth. The commenting period closed on October 17, 2011 for the public and October 24, 2011 for members.
NOVEMBER 2, 2011 - NOVEMBER 3, 2011
The CSAC reviewed the recommendations by the task force and the comments received.
BOARD REVIEW AND APPROVAL
DECEMBER 1, 2011
The NQF Board reviewed the recommendations put forth by the CSAC.