It is essential for diabetes programs to collect good information (data) and keep track of it. Just like when we go on a trip we need to keep track of how much money we have and how much money we spend. We may not think that we are collecting information and keeping track of ‘data’, but that is what we are doing. Doing this helps diabetes programs show what they have accomplished.
What are some thing your program may need to keep track of?
- How the funds were used. Keep track of and document receipts and payroll expenses and document using budget spreadsheets.
- Activities. Keep track of and document the diabetes program’s activities with attendance logs, clinical measures, curriculum implemented and so on.
- What people learned. Keep track of what people have learned and document with pre-post surveys.
- How peoples’ behavior changed. Keep track of participation in walking clubs and document time spent walking each day using logs.
- Changes in physical measures. Keep track of A1c levels and document over time.
- Changes in health policies. Keep track of health-related policies and document any changes in policies such as a ban on the sale of sugary drinks in clinics and schools.
- Changes in the environment. Keep track of physical activity locations and document with changes made, such as walking paths established.