ANCC Accreditation with Distinction Criteria Review: Educational Design Process 2e

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 fifth criterion in this section (2e) states: 

Evidence demonstrates a process description and example that the Provider Unit measured, on different occasions, change in knowledge, skills, and/or practice longitudinally (minimum 90 days); evaluated team performance; and/ or evaluated impact on practice and/or patient outcomes.

This criterion builds on the evaluation process that’s required for standard accreditation. An activity evaluation is regularly required immediately after attendance, often within minutes of when the activity ends. It’s useful for measuring how the activity went. Is this an instructor who should be asked back? Do learners think they’ll be able to apply what they learned?

But that’s all that we can get – an expectation. There’s no way for this sort of evaluation to show whether or not the activity had the desired impact. In order to get that level of feedback, we need to add another form of evaluation after learners have had a chance to put what they learned into practice. To meet this criterion, this additional evaluation takes place after at least 90 days have passed.

This can be as simple as asking learners if they have implemented what they learned. Or it can be as complex as observing learners in practice or reviewing patient data to see if outcomes have improved.

A key aspect of this criterion is that this needs to be a regular part of your educational program. Assessing the long-term impact of one activity isn’t sufficient. You only need to provide one example, but you also need to be able to show that this is something you do for many or all of your activities.

This data will also be useful as you plan future activities. It can help you identify areas where more education might be needed, and it can also show other stakeholders the impact and necessity of your program.

As with all Distinction criteria, this is a best practice. Even if you aren’t applying for ANCC credit or maintaining an accredited NCPD program, performing longitudinal studies of the impact of your activities is still something you should consider adding to your workflow.

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