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Table 4 Parameters of success

From: Setting priorities in health care organizations: criteria, processes, and parameters of success

Outcome parameters Process parameters
Effect on organizational priorities and budget Efficiency of priority setting process
• Priorities change; resource shift • Increased ease in allocating resources
• Strategic plan supported/enhanced • Improved capacity for making priority setting decisions
• Conditions for growth created/enhanced • Perceived return on time invested
• Budget balanced  
Effect on staff Fairness
• Staff satisfaction neutral or positive • Stakeholders understand the process
• Staff retention/recruitment neutral or positive • Stakeholders feel engaged
• Organizational understanding improved • Priorities are justified and seen to be reasonable
  • Process is perceived to be consistent and fair
  • Winners/losers issue well-managed
Effect on community Conformity with conditions of 'accountability for reasonableness'?
• Public media recognition neutral or positive  
• Public acceptance or community support improved  
• Public perception of institutional accountability improved  
• Health care integration through partnerships increased  
• Education/research peer recognition enhanced  
• Emulated by other organizations