City Auditor’s Office recommends ways to strengthen communicable disease prevention performance measures
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2017
A report released Wednesday by the City Auditor shows that three of four performance measures used by the Kansas City Health Department’s communicable disease prevention division are partially relevant to division or department objectives or policy.
One measure was not relevant to the division’s goals or objectives, the audit concluded.
The audit focused on whether the measures were relevant, understandable, comparable, timely, consistent and reliable. Three measures were deemed partially relevant because they could be compared and were reported in a timely manner to Health Department management.
The division can make it easier for users to understand the measures by clarifying their titles and providing detailed descriptions, the report said. The department can also improve the reliability of the measures by implementing a systematic quality assurance process to review data calculations and developing written procedures documenting the calculation method.
For each measure relevant to the division’s performance, the report lists strengths and ways to improve the measure. The audit includes recommendations to improve the measures and eliminate the measure that was not relevant to the division’s goals or objectives. The director of health agreed with the recommendations.
View the complete report online.