Evaluation of an initiative focused on change within an organization may include multiple desired outcomes. It is important at the beginning of the planning to identify methods for measuring successful achievement of identified goals. Options for format, methods, and frequency of measurements might include the following.
If an identified goal is to improve nurses knowledge of genomics, the use of a pre- and post- educational intervention survey may be appropriate.
MINC sites used the Genetics and Genomics in Nursing Practice Survey (GGNPS) to:
The GGNPS has been administered online or in paper format. The GGNPS is in the public domain and can be used as is or modified. Your institutional IRB may require approval before implementing the survey. For information about previous GGNPS study results, see the listing of journal articles.
The Genetics and Genomics in Nursing Practice Survey Instrument Scoring Manual is available online at: https://www.genome.gov/pages/health/healthcareprovidersinfo/ggnps_instrument_instructions.pdf.
The Genetics and Genomics in Nursing Practice Survey Instrument is available online at: https://www.genome.gov/Pages/Health/HealthCareProvidersInfo/GGNPSurvey_2.5%207-2-2014.pdf.
Feedback regarding satisfaction with the educational intervention can be solicited through a number of ways. Interviews with selected staff, collection of evaluation comments from all attendees, or conducting focus groups with staff to determine their perception of the offering could provide valuable comments for consideration. If the intervention is a web offering requesting feedback online can streamline the process of receiving feedback. Or from printed resources, a tear off card may help provide comments to guide suggested modifications.
MINC sites developed quality improvement (QI) indicators based upon individual institution goals and objectives. Below is one example of a family history assessment quality improvement project with pre and post data associated with the goal of improving the collection of family health history information:
**(Genomics QI programs may help meet The American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (COC) accreditation standards for quality improvement processes.)
For example, addressing the “who, what, when, where” of the genomics program implementation.
Cost analysis projections by administrators for implementing a genomics competency initiative are recommended in the Administrative Section. Evaluation of the actual costs associated with a new competency initiative, and/or resource costs of integrating new genetic/genomic services, and/or costs of recommended infrastructure support for integrating genomics into practice (i.e., EHR and/or policy revisions) could help the administrator determine if their financial predictions were accurate for introducing genomics at their worksite. Plus, consideration of revenue resulting from changes associate with the new competency initiative may help support future decisions.