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ERIC Number: EJ966478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Fostering Quality Improvement in EHDI Programs
Bradham, Tamala S.; Hoffman, Jeff; Houston, K. Todd; Guignard, Gayla Hutsell
Volta Review, v111 n2 p255-266 Sum 2011
State coordinators of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs completed a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, or SWOT, analysis that consisted of 12 evaluative areas of EHDI programs. For the quality improvement area, a total of 218 items were listed by 47 EHDI coordinators, and themes were identified in each category. A threats, opportunities, weaknesses, and strengths, or TOWS, analysis matrix yielded 12 recommendations that focused on similar themes. Out of these 12 recommendations, 3 strategies emerged: 1) upgrade data management systems that will generate automated reports based on the state benchmarks coordinators wish to measure; 2) quality monitoring should be integrated into the state system at all levels and not as a separate job; and 3) all quality measures should be publically posted to hold the EHDI system accountable. Addressed appropriately, these recommendations can strengthen quality improvement in state EHDI programs. (Contains 6 tables.)
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail: periodicals@agbell.org; Web site: http://www.agbell.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A