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Task force to Explore Data & Technology to Evaluate Program Outcomes

Purpose: Explore what data is currently available versus that which needs to be acquired, along with the technology, systems, and costs needed for ACAPT to assess program outcomes relative to the criteria for excellence.

Objectives: Use focus groups or other sound research techniques for broad soliciting feedback and existing systems in other professions in order to:

  • Assess ACAPT’s current technology offerings and what data is captured.  This would include working with existing ACAPT leadership groups to understand their data assessments used or needed;
  • Define the total package of data needed for ACAPT to thoroughly assess outcomes relative to excellence and other initiatives, such as organizational analysis, student debt, etc.;
  • Determine where/how to obtain the data and whether measurement tools exist to capture the data;
  • Identify the alignment and integration with existing data collection mechanisms or cites (e.g., CAPTE, FSBPT, etc)
  • Determine how to make the data measurable in order to define programmatic excellence;
  • Recommend how ACAPT would choose, synthesize, analyze, and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data, turning them into useful information, and then acting operationally and strategically. This requires not just data, but knowledge, insight, and a mindset for intelligent risk taking and innovation;*
  • Evaluate how ACAPT should select and use data and information for program performance measurement, analysis, and review in support of programs’ organizational planning and performance improvement. The item serves as a central collection and analysis point in an integrated performance measurement and management system that relies on financial and nonfinancial data and information;* and
  • Identify the systems and processes needed that would facilitate program outcomes assessment for the purposes of both program growth and overall excellence in academic physical therapy.

Some of the language above is directly captured from the Baldridge Excellence Framework (Education)

Reference Material:

Taskforce Members:

Chair: Kim Topp, University of California, San Francisco

Board liaison: Peter Altenburger, Indiana University

  • Harsha Deoghare, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Jacki Brechter, Chapman University
  • Ken Kosior, Quinnipiac School of Health Sciences
  • Sara North, University of Minnesota
  • Rich Shields, University of  Iowa
  • Stuart Binder-Macleod, University of Delaware


  • Consult with the originators of the ASPIRE program along with the Criteria for Excellence board workgroup to gain insights on how they accomplished it and what lessons can be learned from their successes and mistakes.
  • CSM 2020 – First face-to-face meeting.
  • June 2020 – Preliminary report to Board.
  • September 2020 – Presents final findings and recommendations to the Board.

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