A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs  
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Step 5. Evaluate the Program

C. Develop Evaluation Measures

The following table illustrates the relationship between programs, outcomes, data elements, data sources, and resources.

Data Elements Data Sources Resources

Fluoridation of water supplies

Community water supplies are fluoridated

Number of individuals using fluoridated water supplies State oral health program

ASTDD: State & Community Practice Examples of Best Practice Approach

Clinical-routine treatment 1. Patients comply with treatment plan 1. Percentage of patients with completed treatment 1. Chart audit

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2. Patients are satisfied with oral health care 2. Percentage of patients indicating satisfaction with timeliness of appointments, office waiting time, or pain management 2. Patient satisfaction survey
3. Patients comply with preventive care schedule 3. Percentage of patients in compliance with preventive care schedule 3. Chart audit
Clinical-emergency treatment 1. Patient requests for urgent treatment 1. Number of calls to dental offices for urgent treatment 1. County dental society Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual
2. Emergency room (ER) visits sought for urgent oral health care 2. Number of ER visits with oral health emergency as presenting problem 2. Hospital data
School-based fluoride 1. Schools participate in programs 1. Percentage of schools participating in program 1. Department of education/department of health (school health) ASTDD: State & Community Practice Examples of Best Practice Approach
2. Eligible children participate in program 2. Percentage of eligible children participating in program 2. Department of education, department of health (school health)
School-based, school linked dental sealant 1. Population screened/sealed 1. Number of target population screened/sealed 1. Department of education, public heath clinic National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
2. Parents satisfied with program 2. Number of parents satisfied with program 2. Parent satisfaction survey
Mouth guard programs 1. Mouth guards delivered 1. Number of children engaged in school sports receiving mouth guards 1. School data

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  2. Number of children using mouth guards 2. School data

Program evaluation provides information needed to continually improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of oral health services that, in turn, improve the oral health status of children and families.

The next section of the Guide focuses on the role of oral health policy and research and on how community oral health stakeholders can become involved in shaping policy and conducting research.


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