PROMOTION OF COMMON INDICATORS
WHAT WE DO
Although substantial progress has been made, much remains to be done to encourage CHWs employers of all types from around the country to regularly collect the CHW Common Indicators. These indicators are based on how CHWs measure the success of their work, and the conditions they know they need to be effective. Collecting these indicators consistently will allow us to combine data from multiple CHW programs and make a stronger scientific case for the value of CHW work, and the conditions CHWs need to be successful.
HOW WE WORK
Continuing the work done under the auspices of the CHW Common Indicators Project, the Center continues to develop, pilot, and disseminate process and outcome indicators that contribute to the integrity, sustainability, and viability of CHW programs. In addition, it is building infrastructure to aggregate data collected using those indicators so that it can be made available to researchers to conduct descriptive and predictive studies.
RECENT PROMOTION OF COMMON INDICATORS PROJECTS
Developing Common Indicators to Advance the CHW Workforce
In the context of this cooperative agreement from the CDC via the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (Award No. 5-NU38OT000286), using a participatory process that involved CHWs, researchers, and program staff from around the country, we prioritized 11 constructs from a pre-existing list and developed 12 indicators to measure those constructs. We piloted the indicators with state health departments and community-based organizations and developed a Guide to Using the CHW Common Indicators. Further, we coalesced a constituency of over 300 CHWs, researchers and evaluators, program staff and others, committed to developing and using common process and outcome indicators to sustain the integrity of the CHW profession.
INTERESTED IN USING THE COMMON INDICATORS?
CHWs, researcher/evaluators, and program staff who are interested in using the CHW Common Indicators in their studies and/or programs should contact us for more information.