Concept help - Indicator
A health indicator is a single measure that is reported on regularly and that provides relevant and actionable information about population health and/or health system performance and characteristics. An indicator can provide comparable information, as well as track progress and performance over time.
Health indicators support provinces/territories, regional health authorities and facilities as they monitor the health of their populations and track how well their local health systems function. Canadian Institute for Health Information - Indicators
The drivers for standard development arise from the need for better information - whether it is statistical, administrative, clinical or other information. This ensures the data used in statistics is compatible and it facilitates National and International interoperability. Australian Institute for Health and Welfare - About Indicators
Tips for creating Indicators
Indicators should be clearly defined and specify the Data Elements used in their calculations. If the resulting value type of an Indicator is known ahead of time it can be specified by attaching a Value Domain to clearly code the value and provides a valuable linkage to other similar indicators.
Fields available on this metadata type
|Name||The primary name used for human identification purposes.|
|Definition||Representation of a concept by a descriptive statement which serves to differentiate it from related concepts. (3.2.39)|
|Origin||The source (e.g. document, project, discipline or model) for the item (18.104.22.168.3.5)|
|Comments||Descriptive comments about the metadata item (22.214.171.124.3.4)|
|Quality Statement||A statement of multiple quality dimensions for the purpose of assessing the quality of the data for reporting against this Indicator.|
A particular characteristic or dimension used to measure intended changes defined by an organisational unit’s results framework. Performance indicators are used to observe progress and to measure actual results compared to expected results. They serve to answer “how” or “whether” a unit is progressing towards its objectives, rather than “why” or “why not” such progress is being made. Performance indicators are usually expressed in quantifiable terms, and should be objective and measurable (e.g., numeric values, percentages, scores, and indices). Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluating for Results. United Nations Development Programme, Evaluation Office, NY, 2002.