Standardization of Outcomes: Lessons Learned from Attempts to Aggregate
Track: Full Session (30 minutes)
Anyone who has attempted to aggregate outcomes reports from different educational providers understands the frustration and limited ability to make sense of the data. Even if programs have similar learning objectives, each report has different measurement instruments, types of participants, and even different interpretations of “levels” of outcomes assessment. However, aggregation can be an asset for both providers and supporters of education, especially to show an overall effect of CME across multiple interventions.
This session will take learners through the experience of aggregating outcomes by showing the value of this approach (from perspectives of providers and supporters), current issues inherent to aggregation and meta-analysis, potential strategies to resolve some key issues, and highlighting limitations of outcomes report aggregation.
The session will conclude with a “call to action” for providers and other developers of outcomes reports to work together to consider standardizing some components of their outcomes reports to allow easier aggregation across program reports.