Authorization to Support Acquisition of Scorecard Data from External Sources, 2017–18

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Since 2006, The Commonwealth Fund's scorecards have tracked critical aspects of health system performance related to access, service delivery, quality, costs, and health outcomes at the national, state, and local level, as well as among specific populations. The proposed authorization will support the acquisition of externally sourced data and analyses that are needed to produce health system scorecards, interactive data visualizations, issue briefs, and other data products created in collaboration with other Fund programs. Under the direction of David Radley, Ph.D., M.P.H., senior scientist at Westat, and in collaboration with Douglas McCarthy, M.B.A., president of Issues Research, Inc., this authorization will support the Fund's Tracking Health System Performance program in data-acquisition activities to:

  • Update state and local health system performance data for the Fund's scorecard reports, online data center, and other resources.
  • Develop new and distinctive measures of performance for high-need high-cost patients as well as measures of health care spending and quality for the commercially insured.
  • Collaborate with other Fund programs to prepare briefs and other publications and data visualizations on topics of national, state, and local policy interest.

The Fund's scorecard reports, data center, and related tools and resources have consistently captured the interest of policymakers, the media, and state and local health care leaders seeking to benchmark and track performance and develop improvement strategies. It is expected that the relevance and usefulness of these resources will only grow as health system reforms spread and take hold.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Commonwealth Fund
Principal Investigator:
David Radley, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Douglas McCarthy, M.B.A.
Award Amount:
$214,166.00
Approval Date:
November 14, 2017

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