DEVELOPING AN EVALUATION FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSFORMING HEALTH
Transforming Health is a health reform strategy aimed at delivering consistent quality healthcare standards and outcomes for all South Australians. The Transforming Health reforms commenced in March 2015, with the key aim of achieving a high-quality and sustainable health system through implementing consistent models of care, improving hospital capacity, and reconfiguring the hospital activity profile across the system.
Access and equity of services, patient experience and staff/system capability and improvements are also key areas for reform. In order to measure the impact and the benefits of these reforms an evaluation framework is required.
A key role of the SA Centre is to:
- Support the Transforming Health agenda through the provision of evidence-based and evaluation-oriented strategic advice.
- undertake the ongoing evaluation of the transformative changes of Transforming Health, to ensure positive progress is being made in improving quality of care outcomes.
A joint SA Centre/SA Health workshop to inform the development of an evidence-based Evaluation Framework for Transforming Health was held in early August 2016. There were around 70 attendees that included stakeholders from the Ministers Clinical Advisory Group, SA Centre Implementation and Evaluation Sub-Committee, Peak Transforming Health Consumer Committee, Health Performance Council, the SA Health Clinical Data Committee and other key SA Health staff.
A Workshop Report resulting from the workshop can be accessed on: Transforming Health Evaluation Framework Workshop Report 2016
The workshop is the first stage in the process to develop a formal Evaluation Framework for Transforming Health.
An expert working group has been established under the governance of the SA Centre Implementation and Evaluation Sub-Committee to formulate an evidence based evaluation framework. The Workshop Report will help inform the development of the evaluation framework, which will articulate the key evaluation questions, the methodologies to address them and the reporting time frames.