Italy 2006

Italy 2006

Lessons Learned from an Assessment of Web-based Reporting Systems for Tobacco Control

By Amy Gottlieb

A movement to develop Web-based reporting systems to standardize data collection and build consensus around strategic goals and objectives is becoming more common in the population-based field of public health. Yet, due to a lack of horizontal communication, state health department officials are often ‘recreating the wheel,’ with each state developing a unique system without the benefit of learning from states with Web-based systems already in use. The purpose of this study is to increase the understanding of the value and potential uses of a systematic approach to Web-based reporting systems by focusing on the experiences and lessons learned by states working in the forefront of this arena.Enhanced understanding of the proliferation paths, costs and benefits of these Web-based reporting systems can 1) increase the value of such systems within state health departments where tight budgets may preclude early adoption of promising technology; 2) allow national public health initiatives to explore or increase the utility and feasibility of minimal data information elements for their funded entities for purposes of promotion of evidence-based public health practices and increased accountability standards; 3) encourage the timely adoption of mechanisms across states (and other public health funded entities) where they could share lessons learned and offer valuable expertise in the development of Web-based monitoring and reporting systems; and 4) engage state health departments in a dialogue about how states might partner to increase the development and use of Web-based monitoring systems.Qualitative research methods were utilized to explore nine states’ experiences during the various stages of development of their Web-based reporting system. We will discuss the major themes that emerged for each of the following categories: planning processes, development, implementation and maintenance, and reporting.

Keywords: Knowledge Management, Translating Research to Practice

Stream: Knowledge and Knowledge Management, Technologies

Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English