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2.1 Select an approach to collect 7-1-7 data

Jurisdictions implementing the 7-1-7 approach must determine who will collect 7-1-7 performance data. Ideally, 7-1-7 data are captured in real-time for each public health threat by those best positioned to do so, namely public health professionals directly involved in the initial investigation and response. The benefits of the 7-1-7 approach are maximized when it is used in real-time to support an ongoing response; however, the capture of real-time data may not always be possible and it may be necessary to retrospectively collect data after the event response has concluded.

Real-Time Retrospective
  • Immediately after an event is detected
  • 7-1-7 assessment tool (docx / pdf) can be used by public health authorities or by teams responsible for initial investigation or rapid response
  • Immediately after an event response has concluded (e.g., “hotwash”)
  • As part of an after-action review (AAR)
  • As part of a multi-event review process (retrospective review, either periodic or standalone)

Retrospective data collection can provide value, but can also be time intensive, and locating historical data for all response actions can represent a particular challenge. When retrospective data collection is determined to be necessary, 7-1-7 data may be compiled from the following sources:

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