Exploring the Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS) Database

Over the past two years, The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) has developed the Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS), a set of performance measures and accompanying data collection instruments for all grant programs.  ORHP trained grantees to use the PIMS data collection interface before grantees first submitted data in early 2009. NORC determined what types of analyses could be conducted using the 2010 data set and identified potential enhancements to the data set to allow ORHP to more effectively evaluate the impact of its programs and the characteristics of the grant programs and grantees that contribute to successfully carrying out the Office’s mission. For this evaluation, NORC developed a codebook and a protocol for data cleaning and developed a quantitative description of the 330A Outreach Authority grant programs and ran several analyses using the data that are collected through the PIMS process.

This project was conducted as part of the Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation Program.