National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center
Current data collection for the EMSC performance measures needs to have been completed before the end of the grant cycle (February 28th, 2014).
EMSC performance measures 71, 72, and 73 require data to be collected UNLESS:
EMSC performance measures 76 and 77 also require data collection. Data will be collected as part of the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment.
"In the past, states were allowed to keep their surveys open indefinitely, but now the goal is that data collection will occur within a three month period from the time you launch your survey" (taken from the letter sent to all EMSC Grantees by the HRSA Program Officer regarding data collection).
It is also expected that the data collected be representative and have a sufficient response rate (80%+ is the target). We taught a workshop to help managers collect the data via surveys within the three months and achieve a high response rate. These materials can be downloaded from our workshop materials and handouts page.
States/Territories have been divided into one of several cohorts of their choosing for launching their EMS-related data collection. You will want to contact your NEDARC representative as soon as possible to confirm your launch date and have them assist you in developing a timeline and a response rate plan prior to launching your survey.
NEDARC has developed, tested, and revised the survey instruments* that will be used for the 2013-14 data collection cycle. Some aspects of the EMS-related survey can be customized for your state if needed (i.e. inserting logos, additional questions), but the core survey questions and instructions need to be asked uniformly across all states to ensure data comparability and a national profile for EMSC.
"You are strongly encouraged to use the NEDARC web-based survey system as it includes data verification checks and question skip patterns that cannot be achieved if using paper surveys. If you choose an alternate data collection method to the NEDARC surveys, it must be approved by the EMSC program prior to use" (taken from the letter sent to all EMSC Grantees by the HRSA Program Officer regarding data collection, 2010).
If your state has a large number of agencies, you might qualify for surveying a portion of them via a statistically generated random sample of the total number of your agencies. Please consult with your NEDARC representative to see if your state qualifies.
Collecting data for the performance measures is the reliable way to evaluate the responsiveness and effectiveness of emergency medical services in the pre-hospital care setting:
Resources available for understanding and implementing the performance measures include:
* Data for performance measures 76 & 77 will be collected as part of the National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment.