Quality Standards for Training Design and Delivery

NNPHI and the CDC are working together on a program to improve the quality of training developed and available to the public health workforce.

CDC Quality Training Standards
CDC developed the Quality Training Standards to help public health practitioners who develop, deliver, and procure trainings ensure the trainings meet basic standards for quality. The standards also serve as a tool to help learners find quality training in existing learning systems and on training-related websites. By validating quality training development as part of an existing peer-review process of public health trainings, additional information will be available to make it easier for learners to find quality trainings. To strengthen public health competencies in quality training development, a peer-learning program that builds skills in applying the quality training standards will also create a community of practice for ongoing support of these skills and competencies for the workforce.

Quality Standards for Training Deign and Delivery
In 2018 NNPHI launched the Public Health Learning Navigator (“Learning Navigator”), a curated resource for quality, online learning experiences for the public health workforce. Built with their input at every step, the Navigator solution helps users easily find the learning options they need most, when and where they need them. Each training featured is peer-reviewed using the Quality Standards for Training Design and Delivery – the first ever research-tested tool that assess the quality of online learning in public health. Trainings that successfully complete the peer-review process receive an electronic Quality Seal, validating the training’s quality. Training developers can use the Quality Seal to further promote the training, thereby increasing its reach. NNPHI also provides actionable feedback from peer reviewers to support continuous quality improvement.

By establishing standards for quality online learning through a consensus-based process, recognizing and disseminating peer-reviewed learning opportunities, the Learning Navigator reduces duplication (e.g., production of multiple trainings on one topic), increases efficiency, and raises the bar for quality learning in the field of public health.

Our Work

In collaboration with the CDC, NNPHI is launching a validation tool so that training developers can submit their trainings the Public Health Learning Navigator to be considered for both the Navigator Quality Seal and the CDC Expert Review icon and badge. This tool will help developers identify ways that they can create trainings with the most impact, and helps learners select the best training for their needs.

NNPHI also hosted a Project ECHO for Public Health series focused on Training with Intention. Each session unpacked aspects of CDC’s Quality Training Standards to support developers in building high-quality, accessible, and effective trainings for in-person and virtual delivery.

Our Impact

Any interim updates on outputs or outcomes (can be updated later upon project closeout)

Related Resources

Read more about the Public Health Learning Navigator Quality Standards and Review Process and CDC’s Quality Training Standards.

Contact Us

Please email us at trainings@nnphi.org for more information on Quality Standards for Training Design and Delivery.

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (CDC-RFA-OT18-1802: Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health) totaling $300,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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