Setting Priorities

Measure Use Evaluation 

Evaluation of Performance Measure Use


For the past 10 years, NQF has been endorsing healthcare performance measures through its Consensus Development Process. Adoption of such standardized metrics has facilitated quality improvement, provided benchmarks for payment models, supplied information to consumers through public reporting mechanisms, and incorporated performance into accreditation and certification programs.

In order to help guide the healthcare quality enterprise in documenting uses, highlighting successes, identifying missed opportunities, and developing recommendations for a stronger system of performance measurement, NQF subcontracted with an independent third-party evaluator to assess measure use - particularly use of NQF-endorsed® performance measures. An Evaluation Advisory Panel provided feedback and insight on the evaluation’s theoretical framework and overarching research questions. The panel also provided periodic comment on other elements of the evaluation.

The Measure Use Evaluation did not follow the formal Consensus Development Process.


This work was supported by a contract from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact Information 

For more information, contact Laura Zaichkin at 202-783-1300 or  


Evaluation Advisory Panel – Evaluation of Performance Measure Use

APRIL 9, 2010 9:00 AM - MAY 7, 2010 6:00 PM

The Call for Nominations for members of an Evaluation Advisory Panel closed on May 7, 2010. For more information on the Advisory Panel formation process, please refer to the Call For Nominations document.

Call for Nominations (PDF)



JUNE 18, 2010  9:00 AM - JULY 1, 2010  6:00 PM

The 14-day review period for submitted nominees closed July 1, 2010. Members and the public had the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed roster and potential vacancies in expertise. 



NOVEMBER 30, 2011

NQF contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct a third-party, independent evaluation of the use of performance measures, and particularly to assess the current state of the use of NQF-endorsed measures, determine ways performance measures are being applied, identify opportunities to support the use of measures, and begin to explore the impact of performance measure use on systems change. RAND completed the independent evaluation on November 30, 2011.

Final Report