Our vision at Kaiser Permanente is to be the healthiest communities in the country. To understand whether we are achieving our vision, we must constantly measure and evaluate our impact.

How do we measure

To help us gauge our impact on community health, we ask two important questions:

How healthy are the communities we serve?

We use data to understand and explore the challenges that communities face in relation to their health, and compare the health of our communities to other communities across the country.

How does Kaiser Permanente contribute to community health?

We look specifically at what we do as an organization to make tangible progress toward healthier communities and to hold ourselves accountable for improving lives.

Kaiser Permanente collects information using a variety of measurement tools, such as community health needs assessments and program evaluation efforts, that allow us to collect information about the health of our communities and to assess how effectively we are using our organizational resources to improve health.

Our assessment approach

We complement our measurement efforts with regular evaluation of our programs and initiatives to help us better understand our impact. This information is shared with our community partners and other stakeholders and used to continually improve the effectiveness of our efforts. We also contribute to public health by building an understanding of what methods work and then sharing that information with others.

The 5-point evaluation philosophy places value on impact, program improvement, organizational learning, and community participation in the evaluation process:

  • Measuring the impact of our investments.
  • Use data for improvement, not just for proof.
  • Involve community partners as participants and stakeholders.
  • Develop new methods and share them with the field.
  • Take advantage of Kaiser Permanente’s unique data assets.

Population Dose

Our program evaluation efforts have taught us that health improvement strategies can be designed and implemented in ways that increase the likelihood of seeing health improvements at the population level. We call this “dosage” approach, and it has become central to Kaiser Permanente’s community health work.

When we hear the term “dose,” we usually think of medicine. It is believed that a larger dose of the drug has a greater effect on a person’s health. When we talk about “population dose,” we are referring to interventions that aim to improve the health of an entire community, and we consider how these interventions can be designed to maximize their reach and power.

You can learn more about DOSE and its application to strengthening the health of communities by exploring the tools and resources below:

The following articles provide a good overview of the dosage methodology and how it is used to inform community health initiatives at Kaiser Permanente:

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