How long is the evaluation report?
The length of the report is dependent on the type of accreditation.
Accreditation of organisations (providers) and the training programmes offered can expect a report that will be more detailed, as well as require a wider evidence base, additional information and supporting materials. Excluding appendices and information in appendices, the evaluation report will be around 25 pages.
‘Stand-alone’ programmes are expected to adhere to the same format (described below) for the evaluation report. However, these evaluation reports are likely to be shorter and around 15 pages.
What should be included?
Above all, the report is meant to serve as a reflection on the organisation or training programme that is applying for accreditation, rather than a marketing document. The evaluation report is also a basis for review and subsequent evaluation by ADI.
The body which is seeking accreditation should aim to provide and present information that is clear, as to establish a basis for review and subsequent evaluation by ADI. The information should be presented in such a way that can be tested by reviewers against the accreditation standards. Data and additional supporting documentation should aid understanding and support statements in the report.
The drafting of the report should be in line with ADI standards and criteria. Each standard within the report should be clear and covered separately, though some content overlap is to be expected. Each standard or chapter should begin with a summary before further details are provided relating to the standard/chapter.
It is up to applying organisations/training bodies to provide information within the evaluation report that:
- Contextualises the organisation/training programme within the local and national environment
- Establishes a ‘starting point’ and a balanced evaluation to be tested by the Regional Expert Panel
- Presents an evidence-based narrative which focuses on ADI standards and criteria
Includes key data, as well as additional data and supporting documents as appendices
Why is it important?
By engaging in a self-evaluation process, it enables an organisation or leader of a training programme to reflect and ultimately have a clearer understanding of its position in the world of dementia care and how to provide the best care for people living with dementia.
To reach this understanding, applying organisations can be expected to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their existing training programmes. Additionally, they can expect to examine how research relating to dementia and educational programmes, both nationally and internationally, is reflected within the organisation. Such means aim to not only allow organisations to understand where any constraints may currently exist in the delivery of care but also to assist providers and training programmes to conclude on the overall effectiveness of its training.