To evaluate the demographic data collection project, you need a clear identification of vision and goals, usually located in work plans and objectives.
- To monitor performance and make improvements
- To justify changes to staff and patients
While evaluation has traditionally been approached with apprehension, the health sector has invested considerable resources in devising tools that hospitals can use.
Once hospitals gain access to patient demographic data they can use this information to identify health inequities and develop interventions to address them.
Ramirez et al also indicate that evaluating a health equity project must include:
- Developing reachable expectations among hospital stakeholders
- Tracking actions and activities so you may try to link presence/absence of outcomes to the steps you took/missed
- Identifying small, short-term milestones and/or objectives on the path to the long-term goal Ramirez et al also illustrate the forms of evaluation that organizations and communities should consider in equity planning. These forms may differ by the questions being asked: