Increase Accountability through Quality Improvement, Performance Monitoring, and Evaluation

Healthy Start programs work to enhance their services and increase their impact on participant health outcomes by systematically monitoring their performance, and engaging in quality improvement efforts informed by participant-level, program-level and community-level data.

Consult the data dictionary for exact definitions and measurement of each benchmark.


Benchmark: CoIIN Implementation

Increase the proportion of Level 3 HS grantees that have a fully implemented CoIIN process to 90%.

The Healthy Start CoIIN is a partnership of HS grantees dedicated to strengthening Healthy Start services and systems, to advance program goals of reducing infant mortality and improving birth outcomes. The HS CoIIN seeks to promote implementation of standardized evidence-based and field-tested approaches to essential HS components such as risk assessment, case management, and participant engagement.


Benchmark: Quality Improvement/Evaluation

Increase the proportion of HS grantees who establish a quality improvement and performance monitoring process to 100%.

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted populations. Quality improvement and performance monitoring processes provide a mechanism for assessing the degree to which program goals are met and the effectiveness of corrective actions to ensure the best health outcomes for participants.