Q: How do you work with licensure boards to collect and share data?

Topics: Data Collection, Policy

October 21, 2005

A: Relationships are key. Licensure boards are important partners in health workforce data collection, but their main priority is regulation to protect patient safety. They often don’t have resources (ie, funding, staff, time) to collect additional data, and in some states, current legislation restricts their ability to share data.

Show the boards the value of collecting additional workforce data as it relates to evidence-based regulation, and look for ways to minimize their burden, especially during the initial development period. Treat them as a valued partner and bring them into the conversation very early to build trust.

Collaborating with Licensing Bodies in Support of Health Workforce Data Collection: Issues and Strategies