The goal of the pilot was to demonstrate that changes in the critical factor identified as most influential would reduce the number of hours in the process while simultaneously maintaining the quality and integrity of the SSBP.
This indicated that the process was not capable of consistently producing the SSBP within the determined specification limits (308 hours).
For the pilot, SAS and Structured Query Language labor hours for the 1st Quarter 2012 Surveillance of Suicidal Behavior Update and the 2012 Semiannual SSBP were used as the "before" period, while SAS and Structured Query Language labor hours for the 3rd Quarter 2012 Update and the 2012 Annual SSBP were used as the "after" period.
Chief among these is the Technical Notes, which describe, in detail, epidemiologic methodologies (data sources, variables, coding decisions) used for SSBP production.
The LSS team exceeded the project goal and significantly reduced the SSBP production hours by 42% (199 hours).
As a result of the LSS process, the team maintained the quality of the SSBP and reduced production time, while at the same time adding valuable information.
In addition to revising and standardizing SAS coding, the format and design of the SSBP was reconfigured to better align with the overall process of analysis and reproduction.
The development of business rules also led to gains in consistency in epidemiologic methodologies and analytic processes, thereby enhancing the scientific integrity of the SSBP.