WHO HPH Recognition Project

Access to Online Data Collection Packages

Welcome to the access page for the WHO HPH Recognition Project's online Data Collection Packages.


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About the project

The project aims to evaluate whether a WHO-HPH recognition / certification process generates:

–        More health service deliveries

–        Better health gain for patients and staff


Main hypothesesof the study are that hospital departments undergoing to the recognition process will after one year:

–        Deliver more health promotion services

–        Improve health gain for patients and staff

(Compared to the departments allocated to the study’s control group, who continue their routine clinical practice).


The study is designed as an RCT, in order to obtain the highest possible level of evidence. The study allocates the hospital departments randomly to one of two groups, where they either:

–        Undergo the Recognition Process immediately = Intervention group

–        Continue their usual routine = Control group


More clinical departments are still welcome as the project aims for a total of 88 departments from all over the world, to have adequate sample size. All clinical hospital departments are eligible for participation (except palliative and paediatric).

-       So all interested HPH Networks and hospitals, please make contact to sign up for participation!

The project is included in the core HPH documents, such as the work plan for the WHO HPH Memorandum of Understanding and the Global HPH Strategy 2011 – 2013 and well as 2013 - 2015.


Frequently Asked Questions about the project


Can only HPH member organizations participate this project?
Answer: Yes, only HPH member hospitals/health servcies. But remember, anyone who is interested, would probably make a very good HPH member anyway - and we can sign them up for HPH membership fast-track, so they can easily take part without delay on that front.

What are the steps of the project?
Answer:The steps are exactly the same for both intervention and control group, only the control group performs step 2 through 9 at a 1 year delay. The exact steps are:

  1.     Inclusion: Agreement and Allocation
  2.     Receiving Baseline Package
  3.     Data Collection: Internal Audit + Quality Plan
  4.     Returning Baseline Package
  5.     Implementation of Quality Plan (for 12 months)
  6.     Receiving Follow Up Package
  7.     Data Collection; Internal Audit + Revised Quality Plan
  8.     Returning Follow Up Package
  9.     Data Validation: Site Visit + Certificate with results

Regarding the 'site visit' -  Who and how many people will come and how many days are you going to stay in each country? Do we have to prepare something for your visit besides the materials the project?  
Answer: The site visits will be just one half day per participating department. It will be just 1 surveyor from WHO CC. There is no need to prepare anything special, the surveyor will just need the assistance of a knowledgeable person within the department, and then he/she will perform the data validation (very similar to the way the departments themselves will collect data).

Regarding the certificate - What is the value of it and by whom is it issued?
Answer: The certificate is issued by WHOCC and International HPH Network. In fact there are two certificates: the first one you receive when you join the project (a participant certificate). The second is the completion certificate, which show the departments improvement in terms of HPH performance and gives a "bronze, silver or gold"-type status. In future, we hope all HPH hospitals across the globe will try to move towards recognized high levels of performance in the field of HPH - and the way to assess that type of thing, is in fact part of what this present research project is looking at. So your departments will be part of an exclusive group of HPH "pioneers".

What kinds of benefits does the participant get by joining the project – besides the certificate?
Answer: They get to be part of a very large international research project. They get to pioneer and spearhead the “latest and greatest” in the world of HPH. They will be part of an international group containing some of the most proactive HPH departments worldwide - and that includes sharing of information, experience and knowledge, both during and after the project. They get credited/acknowledge in international scientific publications (as relevant, see project documentation). They also get a very easy and relevant way to quickly produce scientific articles themselves, after the main project finishes, on the national results from the project, if they whish to do so - in some cases, WHOCC even lends technical support to such undertakings. But more than anything else, they get a very special "HPH Package", which makes doing HPH at a very high level easy - in this way the project is like a cookbook, and with the recipe it gives, you can make great changes in the way the department does HPH work and quality management work in general - and also this cookbook makes you a better chef, since by being part, you are also training yourself and your staff and reorienting your department towards more and better HPH, and better quality.

Does the participant need to pay money for this project?
Answer: No. They just need to pay their own participation and expenses on their end. There is no fee to pay to participate.
Please explain more about 'RCT' and 'CCT' designs
Answer: This project is a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) and it creates the highest possible evidence-level for any singular study. This project is randomized, using computerized allocation of departments in blocks of unknown sizes (a task performed by an independent researcher, who is not involved in the project otherwise). Also it uses a stratified approach, where each country's departments have a randomization pool of their own. A CCT is a Controlled Clinical Trial, which is non-randomized (and not relevant in relation to this project).

Regarding the 'Quality Plan' - Is the quality plan made by the participant? Are you going to give us any form to make the plan?
Answer: Yes it is made by each department on the basis of their own collected data, so it addresses their own specific challenges, goals and wishes for improvement. But you don’t need to re-invent the wheel, and it is a very easy step, because we supply you with a template plan that you just fill in and customize according to the local circumstances.
If we start the project late, will we still be implementating for 12 months?
Answer: The total time is still 12 months implementation of the initial quality plan that you make. Then you revise the plan and then the second round of data collection etc. A delayed start doesn’t matter - it just means the project goes on a little longer in some other countries with later starts.
Is the procedure and contents for the control group exactly the same as for the intervention group but just after 1 year?
Answer: Yes - exactly the same, just delayed one year. This allows us to do cross comparisons - for instance of those that have been working one year and those that have been working two.
Should all of our collected data and materials be sent by e-mail or post?
Answer: This is flexible - whatever is easiest for you. Normally all surveys are done online, and all additional materials is sent by either post or email. Whichever way you chose is fine - we will agree on this procedure together with each country, once the departments are signed up and ready to start.