Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
MIRANDA, Alcides Silva de; CARVALHO, André Luis Bonifácio de and CAVALCANTE, Caio Garcia Correia Sá. Input on monitoring and evaluation practices of government management of Brazilian Municipal Health Departments. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.4, pp.913-920. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000400013.
What do the leaders of the Municipal Health Service (SMS) report and say about the systematic monitoring and evaluation of their own government management? The purpose of this paper is to provide input for the formulation of plausible hypotheses about such institutional processes and practices based on information produced in an exploratory study. This is a multiple case study with quantitative and qualitative analysis of answers to a semi-structured questionnaire given to government officials of a systematic sample of 577 Municipal Health Services (10.4% of the total in Brazil). They were selected and stratified by proportional distribution among states and by the population size of municipalities. In general, it shows that approximately half of the respondents use information from Health Monitoring Evaluations to orient decision-making, planning and other management approaches. This proportion tends to decrease in cities with smaller populations. There are specific and significant gaps in financial, personnel and crisis management. The evidence from the hypotheses highlights the fact that these processes are still at an early stage.
Keywords : Health evaluation; Organization & Administration; Health management; Management indicators.