Find out where MEERQAT came from and meet our team.
The MEERQAT concept was originally developed in the context of a Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) initiative called the Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment (BPCLE) project. This project set out to address the quality of clinical placements for students in medical, nursing and allied health courses.
DHHS was concerned the growth in student numbers in these courses might impact on the quality of clinical education. So, they commissioned the development of a best practice framework.
MEERQAT principals Donna, Phil, Vitas and Annie were the consultants engaged for the BPCLE project. Working with a small team of colleagues, they developed the BPCLE Framework and a collection of resources to assist health services to use the framework.
The team soon realised they needed a tool – some kind of checklist – that health services could use independently to self-assess against the framework.
Their idea was for health services to use program logic maps as a graphical checklist of the inputs, processes and outputs/outcomes needed to achieve the framework objectives. As health service staff work their way through the maps rating how well each item is achieved, the rating would be displayed graphically on the map, to allow items rated well to be easily distinguished from items rated poorly.
They called this process Map-Enabled Experiential Review (MEER).
For the MEER idea to work, they needed to convert static program logic maps into interactive tools. A prototype MEER tool was developed in Microsoft Excel and piloted in 11 health services across Victoria. The response was very positive and created a demand for a tool to self-assess other business processes.
After the successful pilot of the MEER tool, an online version – BPCLEtool – was developed, which has been used since 2013 by Victorian health services.
In 2014, the team began working to develop an online application based on the MEER concept that can be used for any business program or process, with the official launch of MEER Quality Assessment Tools – MEERQAT – in September 2015.
Epworth HealthCare is funding a 12-month research project at its Richmond hospital to evaluate MEERQAT in two clinical units. The study will utilise basemaps from the MEERQAT Basemap Library corresponding to five NSQHS/Clinical Care Standards.
The Cabrini Emergency Department is currently using MEERQAT’s acute health basemaps with their frontline clinical staff.
This not-for-profit natural resource management organisation is using MEERQAT to track the rollout of its Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts programme.
The department’s Health and Human Services Workforce Branch is using MEERQAT’s Change Management basemap to assist them with review of a recent branch-wide change process.
The department is also using the bespoke MEERQAT application BPCLEtool to implement the Best Practice Clinical Learning Environments (BPCLE) Framework in all public health and registered community health services in Victoria. Private and not-for profit health services in Victoria and interstate are also using this tool.
The RCIT Program is using a bespoke basemap based on the program logic model developed as part of the RCIT Program Evaluation Framework, to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the program at five sites across regional Victoria.
This consulting business is using bespoke basemaps in the context of strategic planning activities and change management processes for selected clients.
Donna is a researcher, analyst and expert facilitator with a passion for strategic planning, process implementation, evaluation and quality improvement.
With his background in engineering, medical physics and statistical analysis, Vitas has been a significant contributor to the development of corporate policies and international standards.
Phil’s extensive experience includes client relationship management, health administration, quality improvement, market and social research, medical indemnity insurance and risk management.
Annie has a unique skill set that combines clinical, educational, research and administrative expertise which she has applied to a range of quality improvement projects.