Queensland Stay On Your Feet® - Toolkit Phase 4 Outcome Evaluation Tools
Phase 4 Outcome evaluation tools
How can I collect outcome evaluation?
Outcome measures are usually for long-term projects/programs that have been operating on a large scale for longer than two years.
Usually this information is collected prior to the commencement of a project/program ('pre') and on the completion of the project ('post'). For programs, this information can be collected periodically.
Determining the project/program’s outcomes will require a review of the falls injury data and may also involve a cost analysis and conducting surveys to identify other outcomes such as health, quality of life and economic outcomes.
Health and quality of life outcomes
To collect evaluation information for health and quality of life outcomes, use:
- Stanford Chronic Disease Questionnaire (this tool is free to use)
- SF-12, which measures general health and wellbeing (there is a cost associated with using this tool)
The Health Related Quality of Life Short Form 12 (SF12) version 2 is the preferred instrument. This tool is available for use by registering with Quality Metric Health Outcome Solutions on their website: Health Related Quality of Life Short Form (SF12)
- Assessment of Quality of Life can be accessed from the Australian World Health Organisation Quality of Life Field Centre website, on completion of a registration form
Assessment of Quality of Life tools, Australian World Health Organisation Quality of Life Field Centre
Economic outcomes may include:
- health care costs saved by preventing falls and hip fractures
- project/program costs versus benefits
- lifetime costs, including impact on victim and carer (paid and unpaid).
The Health Related Quality of Life 15 dimension tool used by Vaapio et al  provides a valid way to measure quality-adjusted life years (QALY’s), which is applicable for a cost-effective analysis.