Offender Rehabilitation

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Outcomes Evaluations

DeltaMetrics is a leader in the design and implementation of outcomes evaluations of substance abuse treatment systems.  Backed by years of research into treatment effectiveness that originated with the pioneering work of DeltaMetrics co-founder, A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D., DeltaMetrics scientists assist state governments and provider organizations in every aspect of outcomes monitoring:

  • Training and technical assistance on the design and implementation of outcomes studies and Outcomes Monitoring Systems 
  • Instrument and survey design, including development of automated instruments and web-based reporting
  • Database design and management
  • Large-scale survey administration
  • Data analysis and report writing

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

DeltaMetrics is now assisting treatment agencies to design and implement programs of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) within their systems of care.  The goal: help states and providers use data to improve performance.

By building upon the outcomes monitoring systems that state governments and provider networks have developed, DeltaMetrics is creating a feedback loop through which data is continuously collected and interpreted to uncover and guide the application of Performance Enhancing (PE) interventions. 

Through its carefully developed understanding of how behavioral health care treatment systems are organized, and an appreciation of the important clinical aspects of treatment, DeltaMetrics is now able to offer a number of CQI services:

  • Undertaking comprehensive, technical reviews of management information systems to identify the core data elements (process and financial data, patient data, and other quantitative elements) that are essential to a CQI strategy.

  • Designing CQI-based data collection programs that are minimally burdensome to providers.

  • Analyzing and interpreting data to identify targets for quality improvement.

  • Designing and implementing PE interventions such as trainings and workshops.

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of PE interventions on a continuous basis and identifying additional interventions that may be suggested.

Click here to learn more about the DeltaMetrics CQI strategy.  

Instrument Development

With its core mission of using data to improve treatment, DeltaMetrics scientists have earned national recognition for development of standardized data collection instruments.  The scientists create and validate instruments under laboratory conditions and refine them for application in real-world treatment settings. 

A strong emphasis of the organization is in serving both purchasers and providers of treatment services, creating instruments that collect sufficient data without significant increase in clinician burden. Teams of DeltaMetrics researchers and information specialists have devoted considerable resources to developing automated instruments, including automated versions of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the self-administered ASI and Treatment Services Review. 

Other projects that DeltaMetrics has undertaken for its clients include adaptations of the ASI (the self-administered ASI), measures to assess consumer satisfaction, and measures to assist clinicians in treatment planning and placement.

Training and Technical Assistance

DeltaMetrics is frequently called upon for training and technical assistance in areas where its expertise is well-established: outcomes evaluations, systems design, instrument development, training, and data analysis. 

The organization is an active training center, specializing in training practitioners in the administration of the ASI, TSR and other assessment instruments.   For state officials, DeltaMetrics assists in the design of data collection and outcomes monitoring systems, including web-based systems, and is now offering consultation on Continuous Quality Improvement programming.  For the federal government, DeltaMetrics serves on large outcomes evaluation projects to assist with methodological design, data analysis, and training.

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