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Goal 4: Science, Innovation and Quality Improvement

Generate and translate new knowledge for the MCH field in order to advance science-based practice, innovation, and quality improvement in MCH training, policies and programs

Strategy 4.1

Promote ongoing assessment and communication strategies to demonstrate the value and impact of MCH training and leadership development in shaping professionals who are well equipped to enhance the health of the population over the life course.


  • Support a culture of quality improvement within DMCHWD, including staff training on quality improvement.
  • Regularly assess impact of DMCHWD programs through review of qualitative and quantitative of performance measures.
  • Develop and continuously improve measurement and reporting methods to effectively assess the impact of MCH graduate education programs.
  • Develop and continuously improve measurement and reporting methods to effectively assess the impact of professional development, including new measures for workforce development.
  • Engage with grantees in forums for ongoing peer and technical support where Training Program data can be shared, discussed, and used for program improvement.
  • Communicate performance measure and impact assessment findings assessment findings with grantees and HRSA Divisions.
  • Develop journal articles and other mechanisms to share impact of DMCHWD programs.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan to increase the visibility, outreach and utilization of the DMCHWD programs to grantees, MCH professionals and the broader community.

Strategy 4.2

Support training programs to conduct, disseminate, and translate research to advance science-based practice and train future researchers to generate new knowledge to improve the health of MCH populations.


  • Identify and disseminate resources to assist grantees in addressing emerging health systems issues that have implications for MCH leaders’ training, support, and practice.
  • Generate and disseminate new knowledge for the MCH field, including through Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and LEAH grantee meetings focused on research development of fellows, programs such as Knowledge to Practice, Collaborative Office Rounds, and the MCH Navigator and HRSA TRAIN investments.
  • Support training programs to conduct and disseminate discipline-specific research (including, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonary Centers, LEAH, Nutrition, Schools of Public Health, LEND, Autism).
  • Partner with the Office of Epidemiology and Research on dissemination of new knowledge and science-based practice improvements to current and future researchers.

Strategy 4.3

Develop and disseminate new knowledge and innovations in MCH training, practice, and policy across DMCHWD programs and with key stakeholders to inform and influence MCH policies.


  • Foster innovative demonstration sites through support of community-based practices such as the Healthy Tomorrow Partnership for Children to utilize innovative methods and to disseminate new and promising strategies.
  • Convene grantees/programs to enhance collaboration, spread of best practices and support innovative thinking. • Encourage training grantees to contribute to the science base of how to teach innovation and how to infuse innovation into MCH practice in a wide variety of settings.
  • Disseminate innovations in MCH training and practice that inform and influence MCH policies.
  • Explore within MCHB the use of innovative methods such as design thinking, collective impact and Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks to address MCH priorities and issues.
  • Support the incubation of innovation in DMCHWD programs to develop science-based practices. Measuring Progress in Science, Innovation and Quality Improvement (sample measures):
  • By 2015 develop performance measures for workforce development.
  • Annually collect information from MCHB-supported training grantees regarding emerging health systems issues and impact on MCH populations.
  • Measure reach and dissemination of continuing education investments in graduate training programs, Knowledge to Practice Grants, Collaborative Office Rounds, MCH Navigator and HRSA TRAIN investments.
  • Annually track grantee products and publications.
  • Annually assess DMCHWD investments that are promoting innovation and leading to practice change in the field. • Annually assess investments that conduct, disseminate and translate research to advance science-based practice.
  • Annually assess the degree to which MCHB-funded initiatives work to promote sustainability of their programs or initiatives beyond the life of MCHB funding through the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program.
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