ANCC Accreditation with Distinction Criteria Review: Educational Design Process 2d​

The ANCC Educational Design Process Criterion 2d states that the Provider Unit used summative evaluation data to develop a future CNE activity.

The second set of Accredited Provider Distinction Criteria build on the standard Educational Design Process criteria. There are five criteria within this group, and at least two must be met for a provider to achieve “Distinction.”

The fourth criterion in this section (2d) states: 

Evidence demonstrates a process description and example that the Provider Unit used summative evaluation data to develop a future CNE activity and the change was reevaluated for effectiveness.

Evaluation is a major part of every NCPD program. How are we doing? What can we do better? This criterion expands on the expectation of how evaluation data is used. Is there a one-to-one relationship between the summative data from one activity that was used to design a new activity?

An easy way to think about this is to consider an annual conference of some sort. In year A, the summative data gathered at the conclusion of the conference shows that there was a lack of understanding as to how social determinants of health lead to different outcomes for different populations. In year B, sessions were added to the conference that focused on social determinants and how nurses can adjust their care to help mitigate possible negative outcomes that are typically out of their control.

Great! We have designed an activity based on the data from a previous activity. That’s step one.

Now we need to make sure that the conference in year B is evaluated to see if it was more effective than the conference in year B. That’s step two.

It is not uncommon to develop new activities while taking into account the evaluations from old ones. The new step that needs to be completed to meet this criterion is that additional stage of evaluation. How does it compare to what was done before? And thus this process can become iterative. Implement, assess, revise, repeat. Depending on the scope of your program, it should be a simple adjustment to how you assess your program to include this iterative process, with the result that your use of best practices has met one more Accreditation with Distinction criterion.

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