Public health transformation and impact on disease incidence and prevalence
A mixed method, realist evaluation approach will be adopted to assess the importance and usefulness of genomics in public health for users of the data, including health departments and Australian Government agencies. The evaluation will be conducted in three phases:
- Development of initial program theory (IPT)
- Testing of IPT using empirical data; and
- Refinement of IPT
Focus groups and key informant interviews with key stakeholders and end-users of the system will be used to develop, test and refine a national IPT. These data will also identify contextual factors and key areas for capacity-building, training and knowledge translation throughout the initiative and will inform the design of the workshops in project three.
In addition to contextual factors we will measure key public health outcomes of surveillance to test the IPT including:
- Timeliness of WGS data generation;
- Timeliness of public health response to WGS;
- Surveillance data trends;
- Interoperability with national surveillance and other platforms;
- Infrastructure usability; and
- Platform use and comprehension
End user satisfaction will also be tested, together with a detailed cost effectiveness analysis.