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Table 2 Accreditation, program evaluation, and research in health professions education

From: The role of accreditation in 21st century health professions education: report of an International Consensus Group

  Accreditation Program Evaluation Research in HPE
Mandate Ensure safe, high-quality programs, institutions, or systems
Often mandated
Accountability to decision makers and improvement Generate new knowledge
Purpose Quality assurance and continuous improvement of training Understanding of context, inputs, implementation, outcomes, impact, or value Scholarship
Advancement of field
Funding Often government or professional regulatory body Variable Variable
Methodologies A wide variety of quantitative and/or qualitative methods are shared