This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about the Social Mission Metrics Initiative, please contact us.
WHAT IS the SOCIAL MISSION metrics initiative?
The Social Mission Metrics Initiative is a project aimed to create a set of metrics to measure social mission in dental, medical, and nursing schools across the United States.
WHAT IS SOCIAL MISSION?
The social mission of a health professions school is the contribution of the school in its mission, programs, and the performance of its graduates, faculty and leadership in advancing health equity and addressing the health disparities of the society in which it exists.
WILL MY SCHOOL BE RANKED?
No, your school will not be ranked. The Social Mission Metrics Initiative is not designed to rank schools based on social mission. There will be no publicly or privately available ranking of participating schools. This exercise is intended to increase school’s awareness of their own social mission.
IS THE SELF-ASSESSMENT A VALIDATED TOOL?
While the survey has not been formally validated, internal analyses have shown survey results correspond with other external initiatives related to Social Mission and Social Accountability. Additionally, factor analysis demonstrates the coherence of related items within the questionnaire and the distinctiveness of the areas being measured. With increasing school participation, additional validation activities will be undertaken.
HOW CAN STUDENTS GET INVOLVED?
During our pilot test, several schools had students help with data collection, allowing them to be active partners in understanding the school’s social mission. If you are a student, reach out to the leadership at your school to find out if they are participating in the Social Mission Metrics self-assessment, and if not, encourage them to do so. Contact us if you would like to learn more.
WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE RESULTS?
After survey completion by participating schools, the Social Mission Metrics team will send you a confidential package with your results and how they compare to all schools and similar participating schools. School responses may also be aggregated to determine the current status of social mission across health professions schools in the United States.
WHY ARE ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE NURSING PROGRAMS NOT INCLUDED?
Due to the very large number of nursing schools across the country, this phase of the initiative is limited to bachelor’s and master’s level degree programs. The Social Mission Metrics Initiative may be expanded in the future to include more nursing schools and other health professions schools.
This work is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previous work in developing the survey tool was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HOW WILL THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF MY ANSWERS BE PROTECTED?
Your responses will only be viewed by the study team at The George Washington University Health Workforce Institute. You will NOT receive any information on the responses of other schools and no other schools will receive information on your responses. No information on a particular school’s standing will be shared or published without explicit consent from that school.
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Please contact Julie Orban, Research Scientist, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 202-994-4315 with any questions.