OSE provides epidemiological support to programs in the Bureau by assisting with surveillance, program evaluation, research, strategic planning, data dissemination, and other advanced analytics. The office also tracks and analyzes health inequities and their impact on the commonwealth. OSE staff members are responsible for coordinating data analytic efforts across the Bureau to connect and build a cohesive, high performance analytic infrastructure that is efficient and supports the operational needs of the programs, initiatives, and activities within the Bureau.
Statistical information that accurately describes and forecasts population service needs is one key outcome. Another outcome includes performance measurement work to guide program monitoring and management. Evaluation services assist in quality improvement efforts and in federal grant reporting. Across all these key functions, OSE staff are expected to bring a health equity lens to 1) better identify what populations are disproportionately impacted by leading health conditions, 2) who is benefitting from our grants and programs, and 3) whether improvements in health outcomes are consistent across all populations served.
The Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE) is a division of epidemiologists that provides leadership in the following areas:
- Health statistics interpretation
- Data collection
- Surveillance projects
- Program evaluation
- Health equity analyses
- Quality Improvement/Assurance
- Data driven strategic planning support
- Analysis of claims, discharge, electronic health record, and health survey data
Our services provide the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention with the best available data on which to base programmatic and policy decisions for the health of Massachusetts residents. Data is also disseminated to the public, state and federal officials and the public health community. OSE maintains its commitment to providing superior services by continuously advancing our technical expertise and professional collaborations.
OSE supports the public by answering data requests to help inform community program needs. They can also help direct outside agencies requesting access to data sets to the IRB application and review process.