The purpose of this project was to formally evaluate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC). The Agency was specifically interested in learning how its multi-million-dollar investment in NGC has shaped healthcare quality and how additional investments can continue to influence that quality. This report presents the results of a mixed-methods evaluation of NGC. Information obtained from this evaluation will inform AHRQ as it considers its next steps and ways to improve the overall usefulness of NGC and to identify areas for refinement and improvement.
The objectives of the NGC evaluation were to gain a better understanding of how NGC:
- Is used by its stakeholders (including awareness of NGC among key stakeholders).
- Supports dissemination of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents.
- Has influenced efforts in guideline development, implementation, and use.
- Can be improved.
Current as of August 2012
Evaluation of AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC). August 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/about/evaluations/ngceval.htm