The Social Mission Metrics Initiative aims to advance the field of social mission measurement and enhance the national conversation around social mission in health professions education.
The SMMI is a system of metrics that provides a standardized approach to identify the level of engagement of U.S. dental, nursing, and medical schools in social mission activities. Developed into a self-assessment instrument, the metrics tool identifies 80 social mission indicators within 18 areas of six domains. Participation in the self-assessment allows a school to benchmark its performance to similar schools and national norms and track progress over time
The SMMI has progressed under expert leadership and technical knowledge from an inter-disciplinary National Advisory Committee and informed by literature review and key informants. In pursuit of health equity, the Initiative across various phases of the project, from pilot, field-testing, and national self-assessment to over 200 health professions schools invite academic leaders to assess their schools’ social mission status, strengths and areas for improvement, and proficiency.
Now in its fifth year, the Social Mission Metrics Initiative is conducting a stakeholder analysis to develop a strategic plan for aligning health professions education with principles of social mission and working to refine and validate the social mission measuring tool.