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Quality Measurement and Accountability for Community-Based Serious Illness Care: Synthesis Report of Convening Findings and Conclusions

November 1, 2017

The movement of U.S. health care to value-based payment presents a critical opportunity to improve accountability for the quality of serious illness care, while constraining the growth of spending. The changing incentives in the health care system are driving innovation in the delivery of serious illness care in traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage and commercial plans. Implementation of an accountability system for serious illness care is vital for ensuring that cost containment efforts do not result in undertreatment or worse quality of care for the seriously ill.In May 2017, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation convened 45 serious illness care experts and stakeholders - such as physicians, researchers, patient advocates, policy experts - in Banff, Alberta, Canada, to identify a path forward for building an accountability system for high-quality, community-based serious illness care programs. The group reached consensus on a definition of the serious illness population, the necessary components of an accountability system and guiding principles for quality measurement. In addition, convening participants identified a starter set of quality measures, future pathways for implementation of an accountability system and needed future research.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation M&E Landscape

October 1, 2015

To understand best and next practice in measurement and evaluation (M&E) in philanthropy, we interviewed and conducted research on more than 40 social sector and governmental organizations. We talked with M&E leaders at foundations and other organizations considered to be highperforming in M&E, as well as with field specialists with experience across a number of organizations or deep expertise in relevant areas. Our research focused on four central categories of M&E design: structure, staff, methodology and processes.Through our research, we uncovered several design characteristics that seem common to high-performing M&E units. These include: an M&E leader with high positional authority and broad expertise, methodological diversity, a focus on learning, and an evaluation focus beyond individual grants.We also found a number of design characteristics for which there is no one-size best-in-class M&E design. Instead, the aim should be to design an M&E unit that is the right fit for the organization in terms of purpose (function) and in keeping with organizational structure and culture. Therefore, to determine the best design for M&E within an organization, it is critical for that organization to be clear on its measurement purpose and to be clear-eyed on its culture.

Evaluation in Foundations; Guidelines and Best Practices