IBIS-PH Indicator Profiles Contents and Usage
What Is an Indicator?An indicator is a numeric measure that depicts the status of a population or a health system on a core public health construct.
What Are Indicator Report?An Indicator Report is a brief online report that contains numerical and contextual data for a specific public health issue. This includes its public health context, what the current status is, and what is being done to improve it. Each Indicator Profile has a chart (or several charts) to give a picture of the data. Text is also provided to answer the most commonly asked questions about the specific issue/indicator addressed.
After looking at the Indicator Report for a specific measure, if more detailed numerical data is needed, the Custom Query System is available, or the program office can be contacted directly using the information available in the Indicator Report footer (at the bottom of the page).
Accessing Indicator ReportsAK-IBIS has 101 Indicator Reports currently published. You can find indicators in two ways:
- Alphabetical Index - Indicators are listed in alphabetical order by their titles.
- Categorized Index - Indicators are placed in any of several categorization schemes, such as by program, by data source, or by HA2020 focus area, etc.
Indicator Report GraphsEach indicator has a default graph that comes up on the indicator main page. Below the graph the data source is listed as well a link, 'View Graph Values', which is a table of data points used in the graph. Other Views (if any) are listed below the data source.
Indicator Report Navigation ButtonsBelow are descriptions of each of the pages available from the left navigation buttons.
Important FactsThe Important Facts page shows, at a minimum, the following sections:
- Why Is This Important?
- Healthy People 2020 Objective (if applicable)
Other available sections include:
- Data Interpretation Issues
- Other Objectives
- How Does Alaska Compare With the U.S.?
- How Are We Doing?
- What Is Being Done?
- Other Program Information
Graphical ViewsThe Graphical Views button lists all the views available for this indicator. The graph views are also listed on the main page under "Other Views".
Related IndicatorsThere are four Related Indicators pages:
- Relevant Population Characteristics
- Health Care System Factors
- Risk Factors
- Health Status Outcomes
Available ServicesIf there are services available to the public in regards to this indicator they are listed on the Available Services page.
References & ResourcesThe References & Resources page lists references and resources where more information and resources can be found for this indicator.
Complete ProfileThe Complete Profile lists all the information available for this indicator in one document. It includes everything from the above pages as well as all graphical views and their data tables.
Indicators may be used in the following ways:
- Track and evaluate progress toward goals
- Get information to use for program development
- Take pride in accomplishment and quality of public health programs
- Enhance our ability to do public health assessment
- Foster an environment of accountability
- Demonstrate cost-effectiveness
Decision-making and Focus
- Allocate resources effectively
- Guide policy decisions, priorities, and strategic plans
- Provide information that will be useful for decision-making
- Develop, focus, and streamline data collection and reporting capacity in the Department
- Streamline measurement and reporting, so we can focus on measures that are high-priority
- Standardize and promote familiarity with definitions of priority measures
- Provide focus to data analysis and support functions
Understand Data and Provide Education
- Provide a communication tool to educate the public on what public health does and the difference that it makes
- Compare trends across time to demonstrate improvement or decline in health status
- Compare measures across population subgroups to identify target groups for interventions
- Ensure adequate understanding of public health data commonly used in decision-making
- Provide public health context to better understand the meaning of public health data
- Maintain data and information in a central location for easy access later for use in producing reports, grant applications, and presentations
- Provide an integrated view of public health services to our customers
- Provide an integrated view of our customer to all public health practitioners