Taxonomy of QI Methods, Techniques, and Results in Public Health

Year: 2011
Funding: Quick Strike Research Award
Status: Completed

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This study by the Minnesota PBRN pursues a time-limited opportunity to collect and analyze data on QI projects while these efforts are still being implemented and evaluated by public health agencies. The study’s primary aims are to develop a logic model and taxonomy for QI in public health, employing a mixed-methods design in three phases: (1) creation of a database registry of QI projects implemented in public health settings through the Multi-State Learning Collaborative II and the Public Health Collaborative II initiatives, both which were implemented in Minnesota and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; (2) development of a preliminary classification system for QI projects reflecting the QI methodologies used, the operations and processes targeted, the contextual features of the institutional and community settings, and the results achieved; (3) validation of the taxonomy through an expert panel review of the conceptual model and key informant interviews with public health leaders who conducted the QI projects; and (4) application of the taxonomy to document the extent and nature of variation in public health QI projects and to identify key determinants of variation.


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Kimberly Gearin, Ph.D.