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Table 2 Indicator assessment tool—score allocation examples

From: Development and application of an indicator assessment tool for measuring health services accreditation programs

Indicator assessment criteria Scoring system for indicator assessment tool
Low score High score
Research Low level of evidence. For example, results of individual case studies High level of evidence. For example systematic reviews, or adoption by regional or national health bodies
Accuracy The indicator only measures a small part of the standards, or is not sufficiently or independently verified The indicator measures whether the accreditation intervention has been implemented or the service provided in accordance with the standard
Proximity Multiple steps or processes between the indicator measurement and accreditation standard make it difficult to link the indicator with the effects of accreditation Close temporal or process links exist between accreditation surveys and the indicator measurement
No adverse effects Measurement or publication of results gives incentives for gaming or misallocation of resources Indicator measurement or publication does not give rise to unintended adverse effects or consequences
Specificity Multiple and recent policy initiatives covering the same topic as the accreditation standard under discussion Accreditation is the main policy implementation tool