Using best learning practices, Econometrica delivers 19 hours of a continuing education training course

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

The Econometrica Team completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training course contract on September 20, 2018. The course will be released in spring 2019 and will support CDC’s mission and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ goal to address and prevent healthcare-associated infections under the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections. It will also support new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ mandates for long-term care facilities.

Our team of instructional designers, programmers, and graphic designers worked collaboratively with the CDC Technical Team to produce 22 learning modules in 13 months. In all, the team produced 1,156 slides totaling 19 hours of continuing education-accredited content. Econometrica’s ability to work flexibly and accommodate changes quickly contributed to delivering a high-quality product on time.

The Econometrica Team began the contract with an outline of the topics CDC wished to cover. During the first 6 months of the contract, the team wrote content in conjunction with the CDC Technical Team. For the last 7 months of the contract, the Econometrica Team transformed the written content into a dynamic, interactive, beautifully illustrated e-learning course. The Econometrica Team built the course using Lectora Online and breathed life into the content by using our experience in instructional design, incorporating 869 illustrations and photographs into the modules, and employing medically trained professionals to narrate the course.

Finally, the Econometrica Team recruited more than 100 medically trained practitioners to pilot test the course and satisfied the requirements for the course to be certified for 19 hours of continuing education in the medical, nursing, and general education fields. Many of the pilot testers expressed gratitude toward the specific toolkits created for the course, the list of resources offered, and the real-world examples used.

In the end, the Econometrica Team was pleased with the positive feedback received from the CDC Technical Team and pilot testers. “I would like to thank you and the CDC team for allowing me to participate in the pilot test program. The learning was exceptional, the content robust and substantive, and more than anything, provided a challenging opportunity. As a lifelong learner, this was a valuable experience and one that I could associate each module with my work/environment,” wrote one course pilot tester.

“At the end of the day, the intention is to put accessible, practical, important infection prevention information out there for the caregivers who take care of people who are incredibly vulnerable in these facilities. It has been a tremendous amount of work, we recognize that your team has been on double time to make all of this happen in a very aggressive timeframe. As we have looked at the feedback from the evaluations and through the modules we were very similarly pleased to see that the overwhelming feedback was positive . . . It’s been a very good experience for our team to take on something of this complexity and to appreciate instructional designers and people who have stronger backgrounds in development of educational content because the translation of information is a critical piece to people’s experience. It’s been certainly a steep learning curve but fun at times and very appreciative of all of your efforts,” said the CDC Technical Team lead.

Econometrica’s team of instructional designers, content producers, subject matter experts, programmers, and graphic designers collaborated effectively to produce a training course that will help promote best infection prevention practices. Econometrica values CDC’s mission to educate health practitioners and is honored to be a part of the process.

“When I think about who is taking this course, I think about the people who take care of my grandparents who are in a nursing home and in an assisted living home. It means the world to me to know that they are getting the right information and they’re going to be healthier because of it,” said Jill Simmerman, Project Manager at Econometrica, Inc.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

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